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Cabinet Office: Disclosure of Information

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 25th March 2019.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if his Department will review the reported leaking of information from Cabinet meetings to determine whether the ministerial code has been breached.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The principle of collective agreement requires that ministers are able to express their views freely and frankly in private, and therefore any leaks from Cabinet or Cabinet Committees are taken very seriously, as are leaks of any Government information or material. If any breach is found it is dealt with under the Ministerial Code, Special Adviser Code, or Civil Service Code. It has been the policy of successive Governments not to comment on leaks other than in exceptional circumstances when it is in the public interest to do so.

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