HC Deb 23 July 1997 vol 298 c580W
Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reason documents relating to a meeting of the Cabinet's Defence Committee on 29 October 1952 in the classmark CAB 131/12 at the Public Record Office are currently retained by his Department; and if he will consider releasing these papers. [9471]

Dr. David Clark

The documents relating to this meeting had been retained by my Department on grounds of national security. They have recently been re-reviewed to see whether they could be released. As a result, one item recording the committee's discussion about the deployment in the United Kingdom of a United States army intercept station and the paper relating to this part of the discussion are being prepared for transfer to the Public Record Office. The review has confirmed that another item, and the papers related to it, need to continue to be withheld on grounds of national security. These documents will be re-reviewed at regular intervals and when no longer sensitive will be released.