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Volume 227: debated on Friday 2 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) of 18 June, Official Report. column 763, what factors led him to believe that the Panorama programme on Aldermaston to which he refers would not be even-handed or objective.

The judgment was largely based on experience of co-operation with Panorama and some other investigative programmes. It was fully justified.