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Volume 961: debated on Friday 26 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish the evidence which he has received in respect of the ban on Scientology.

It would not be appropriate for me to publish any such evidence, in the light of legal advice which the Government have received as to the propriety of making any statement on these matters pending the disposal of High Court actions for libel brought by the Church of Scientology. The hon. Member will be aware that the Parliamentary Commis- sioner for Administration referred to this advice in his report, published yesterday, on a complaint forwarded to him by the hon. and learned Member for Royal Tunbridge Wells (Mr. Mayhew).