Mr Benn’s Secret Service


Tony Benn alleges the British civil service deliberately witheld information from Labour ministers on a number of occasions and in doing so, moved outside democratic parameters.

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Producer: Granada
Year Produced: 1980
Running time: 27 minutes
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An interview with Tony Wedgwood Benn, the former Secretary of State for Energy. Examines the allegation that British civil servants have deliberately witheld information from ministers on a number of occasions and in doing so, are moving beyond democratic control. Mr Benn names specific examples, including incidents involving the theft of uranium, a nuclear catastrophe in the Soviet Union and refers to events during his own service in the British Labour Government.

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