Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Ministerial Meetings/Conversations

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action his Department has taken to implement the recommendation of Sir Anthony Hammond about writing notes of ministerial meetings and telephone conversations. [156376]

    Mr. Caplin [holding answer 26 February 2004]: The Ministry of Defence follows the central “Guidance on the Management of Private Office Papers” which makes clear that good record management procedures are necessary not least to ensure accountability and provide an audit trail. Among the records covered by the guidance are Ministers‘ meetings and telephone conversations.