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Public Expenditure (Administration)

Volume 941: debated on Wednesday 14 December 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether, in the light of the recurring examples of neglect and maladministration, etc., in the Civil Service causing the loss of public money, as in the recent case of the Crown Agents, he will seek to introduce legislation to create a Freedom of Information Act.

No. The Crown Agents are not a Government Department and their staff are not civil servants. As my hon. Friend is aware, the Government have now decided to establish a 1921 Act inquiry into this matter.