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Companies (Information)

Volume 887: debated on Monday 3 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will give an undertaking that any information given by his Department to any trade union concerning the affairs of any company will also be made available to that company's employees.

No. It might well be that such an unqualified assurance could be honoured only by breaching a confidence.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether the information disclosed to his Department by companies on a voluntary basis will be kept confidential; and whether he will arrange for compensation arrangements to be made for companies suffering loss from any unauthorised disclosure by his Department.

Information given at any time in confidence to my Department will be kept confidential. Any unauthorised disclosure of such information would be dealt with by the means felt most appropriate at the time.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what representations he has received from large companies which fear difficulties over the proposed depositing proposals in the Industry Bill so far as international deals and especially joint ventures are concerned; and what replies he has made.