Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th November 1992.

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Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon 12:00 am, 10th November 1992

Ministers have a duty to claim public interest immunity where appropriate and that duty cannot be waived. It is then for the courts to consider where the balance of interest lies, and successive Governments have acted in that way.