Letter from the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP,
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to the Chairman
of the Committee
Thank you for your letter of 31 October requesting
a copy of the Department's note of my predecessor's meeting with
Ken Bates on 22 December 1999.
I have considered your request very carefully
but I have concluded that I cannot release an internal record
of a meeting the contents of which were not agreed at the time
with all the participants. Having re-read the Private Secretary's
account of the meeting, I can assure you that the note contains
nothing which has not already been placed in the public domain
by Chris and Mr Bates.
6 November 2001