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Documents (Classification)

Volume 644: debated on Monday 10 July 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the system at present in force in the Foreign Office for classifying documents.

The system is that which is in force throughout the Government Service. It is based upon an assessment of the harm which would result from the disclosure of each document to an unauthorised person, and on the provision of protection appropriate both to the assessment of the harm and to the risk of leakage in each particular case.