This morning I attended a meeting of the Cabinet. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall be holding further meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, I shall dine with the Justices' Clerks Society, and I will be participating afterwards in a television programme on the Stechford by-election.
I wonder whether my right hon. Friend can find time in that busy day to give some further thought to the Philip Agee case? In particular, will he ensure that he sees original raw evidence relating to the matter rather than relying on the second-hand reports of his advisers?
I can assure my hon. Friend that in a matter such as this I do not rely on my advisers. I have taken the decision myself. The decision I took was right. I should not have announced it in the House if I had thought otherwise.
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that he would be likely to be able to give more satisfactory answers if the Questions addressed to him disclosed the subject matter and were not of a generalised character, which has unfortunately become prevalent in Questions to the Prime Minister?
I have tried carefully to allow this matter to go along while matters are being taken to the courts in this country. One of the people concerned was dealt with expeditiously by the European Commission. I shall bear all this in mind. I have no wish not to allow that aspect of natural justice to take its course, but I have to make a judgment at the end of the day.