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Sensitive Information (Security)

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he is satisfied with his Department's policy for ensuring the security of classified and other sensitive information relating to the defence of the United Kingdom, with particular reference to Great Britain's new air defence system and its future operational deployment, and battlefield communications systems for the British Army; and if he will make a statement.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence why information affecting national security has been made available to City stockbrokers by companies under contract to supply electronics and radar equipment for the defence of the United Kingdom; and what investigation he is making.

I assume that my hon. Friend, in asking this question, has in mind particularly the article on the front page of the latest edition of Financial Weekly. My inquiries so far suggest that no information affecting national security has been made available to City stockbrokers, but the matter is being looked into.