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Consultative Documents

Volume 130: debated on Monday 21 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy that responses received to consultative documents issued by his Department be made publicly available in his Department's library, except where the respondent has specifically asked that this be not done; and if he will arrange for this procedure to be made clear when future consultative documents are issued.

Yes, arrangements will be made for responses to formal consultative documents, such as Green Papers, to be available, provided that the respondent has not asked that his response should be kept confidential.