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Justice written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many briefings have been presented to Ministers on the Tasker inquiry; what the date of each briefing was; how many pages were contained in each written briefing; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

My predecessor, Mr. Sutcliffe received an oral briefing prior to a meeting with Mr. Bellingham which included the Tasker inquiry. It has not been possible to establish the date. I received an oral briefing on 30 July 2007, covering parliamentary questions from the hon. Member about the enquiry.

I and my predecessors have received numerous written background briefings accompanying draft parliamentary questions, but the high number of questions involved means that it would involve significant disproportionate cost to establish the number and length of these briefings.

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