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Ministerial Memoirs

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Attorney-General whether, in view of his declared reasons for initiating the legal case in connection with the Crossman Diaries, namely, the public interest to restrain publication of information in breach of confidence and in particular to preserve collective Cabinet responsibility, he proposes to take action in the case of the two former Prime Minister and other ex-Cabinet Ministers who have written along similar lines to the late Richard Crossman.

No. The circumstances to which my hon. Friend refers are not comparable with those which led to proceedings in respect of the Crossman diaries. Moreover, since those proceedings took place, the report of the Radcliffe Committee on Ministerial Memoirs has been published and accepted by the Government and I refer my hon. Friend to that report.