Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list occasions on which his Department has conducted an inquiry into alleged leaks from members of staff since 1997; and if he will list the occasions on which the names of those persons accused of leaking information from his Department have been made public (a) by the Government and (b) by way of another source. [146940]

    Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 12 January 2004]: Since 1997 my department has investigated 23 suspected leaks.

    In line with exemptions 1(a) and 7(b) set out in Part II of the “Code of Practice on Access to Government Information”, it has been the practice of successive governments not to comment on the outcome of such inquiries in order to safeguard security and investigative arrangements.To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether it is the Department?s policy to make notes of (a) meetings and (b) telephone conversations involving ministers; and under what circumstances no notes would be taken