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Volume 78: debated on Monday 29 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in accordance with the Croham directive, he will publish all background papers originating in his Department on the subject of the methodology of the Lenihan investigation into morbidity in the Denny, Bonnybridge and Larbert area; and if he will make a statement.

I presume the hon. Member is referring to the Crohan directive on the publication of official papers containing factual and analytical material used as the background to major policy studies. The Lenihan review group was an independent body and its members were free to determine what methodology should be used for conducting their review. No Departmental guidance was given to them on this matter.