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Commercial Confidentiality

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Attorney-General whether he will implement the recommendations of the Law Commission's report on breaches of commercial confidentiality.

The Law Commission's report deals with breach of confidence generally and is not limited, as the question implies, to commercial confidences. It was published on 29 October last, and the Government will have to take into consideration the comments and criticisms of the public before announcing their decision.

Will the Attorney-General give an assurance that in making that examination the Government will bear in mind the immense damage done to inventive and innovative firms by breaches of confidence that continue to take place?

That is one of the serious consequences of a breach of confidence, and that will be considered along with all the other recommendations in the report.