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Leak Inquiries

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions his Department and its predecessor department conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subjects of those leak inquiries were; and who authorised each inquiry. (106486)

The Department has conducted 39 inquiries since May 1997. 12 of the inquiries were led by the Department and its predecessor. It has been the practice of successive governments not to comment on the subject or outcome of leak inquiries as there is a continued necessity to safeguard security and investigative arrangements.