It is a little late now. Will my right hon. Friend give a categorical assurance that the Fay Report will be published in full detail, including all those references to circumstances in which civil servants in both the Treasury and the Ministry for Overseas Development failed to give Ministers, of varying hues and descriptions, the correct position regarding the Crown Agents at the appropriate time? Will my right hon. Friend also ensure that in the report a full list will be included of those Members of Parliament who were involved in companies which had borrowings from the Crown Agents during the period when all these sleazy enterprises were indulged in by the Crown Agents?
I do not think that my hon. Friend does any service to the House by making insinuations, couched in vague terms, against people who are in no position to reply. It is and always has been my intention that the report should be published. I made that clear in my statement last October—my hon. Friend was present at the time—and it will be published, as I said, subject to any editing to protect the interests of developing countries or information given on a strictly confidential basis. That was the intention of my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Lanark (Mrs. Hart), as she made clear, and I have repeated it on more than one occasion as my intention, too.
Yes, Sir. I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that supplementary question. Inevitably and rightly, there has been a lot of concern about unfortunate developments over the last few years, but that should not obscure the fact that the ongoing work of the Crown Agents has been of great value to the country and very significant overseas.