THE Government has been given permission to launch a further bid to prevent The Press obtaining secret documents about Nestlé’s controversial takeover of York confectioners Rowntree in 1988.

The Cabinet Office has been allowed to appeal against a tribunal’s ruling that five Ministerial papers should be made public

A judge ruled there were “errors of law” by the first-tier tribunal and there were aguable points of law, and allowed the appeal to be heard by an Upper Tribunal. The appeal must be lodged within a month.

Nestlé’s takeover happened despite 13,500 people signing Hands Off Rowntree coupons in the then Yorkshire Evening Press, with Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government refusing calls to refer the matter to the then Monopolies and Mergers Commission.