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Official Secrets Act

Volume 86: debated on Monday 11 November 1985

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asked the Attorney-General what considerations he has in mind in considering whether or not to authorise a prosecution under section 2 of the Official Secrets Act.

My right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General considers all cases which require his consent in the light of the guidelines on the criteria for prosecution which he published in February 1983 and placed in the Library of the House. Cases under section 2 of the Official Secrets Act 1911 are treated no differently from any other.