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Ministers (Security Vetting)

Volume 928: debated on Friday 18 March 1977

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asked the Prime Minister to what extent it is the practice of his Administration that members of the Government offer themselves for positive vetting.

The Report of the Security Commission, July 1973 (Cmnd. 5367), concluded that there were insuperable practical difficulties against applying the process of positive vetting to Ministers. This conclusion was accepted by the then Government of the day and the position remains the same.