Parliamentary Questions - Written Replies

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BUGGING: MI5 and GCHQ were absolved by John Major of any part in the tapping of telephone calls by the Prince and Princess of Wales. Reaffirming a statement last week by Peter Brooke, Secretary of State for National Heritage, he said: 'There is no substance to rumours about the involvement of the security and intelligence agencies in the interception of the communications.'

WINTER HELP: So far this winter more than 2.6 million people have been sent cold weather payments, Nicholas Scott, Minister of State for Social Security, said.

RAIL PLEDGE: Concessionary travel for BR staff, pensioners and their dependants will be protected in the forthcoming Railways Bill, Roger Freeman, Minister of State for Transport, said.