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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions his Department has provided embargoed media briefings prior to an oral statement to the House since 26 May 2010; in respect of how many such briefings his Department was informed that the embargo had been breached; what steps were taken as a result of each such breach; and on how many occasions his Department has provided media briefings without an embargo prior to an oral statement to the House since 26 May 2010.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department has, on one occasion since 26 May, provided an embargoed media briefing in advance of an oral statement to the House. The briefing related to the publication of the Postal Services Bill and was held with the aim of ensuring accurate reporting of a significant, complex and large piece of draft legislation. The embargo was not breached.

There are no instances of advanced media briefings given without an embargo, prior to an oral statement, since 26 May 2010.

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