Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1972.

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Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley 12:00 am, 14th December 1972

I do not accept the two allegations made by the hon. Gentleman. It is the job of Departments to safeguard all information until a decision is made that it should be made public either to Parliament or in some other way. Regarding the individual questions, I have already told the House that charges are in fact before the court and that every case of an alleged leakage of confidential information which is brought to our notice is immediately investigated. Those to which the hon. Gentleman refers are being investigated at present.