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Disclosure of Information

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2009, Official Report, columns 267-8W, on Operation Miser, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's protocol on handling unauthorised disclosures and national security cases; (299254)

(2) if she will place in the Library a copy of the Cabinet Office document guidance on leak investigation policy and procedures.

The guidance document “Official Information: standards of conduct and procedures” is being prepared and will shortly be sent to Departments. It will incorporate protocols for the investigation of unauthorised disclosures. The guidance will be submitted to the chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee and will be placed in the Library of the House.

Publishing details of working methods and investigative techniques would compromise the effective conduct of investigations in future.