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Security Services

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Prime Minister how Ministers in her Administration with responsibilities for satisfying themselves that the security services operate entirely within the letter and spirit of their directive discharge their duties in this respect; and if she will make a statement.

I have nothing to add to the full explanation of the arrangements for ministerial oversight of the work of the security service which my hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State, Home Office, gave the House on 4 April at columns 1380–84.

asked the Prime Minister if Her Majesty's Government have been satisfied that the security forces have operated entirely within the letter and spirit of their directive at all times since May 1979; and if she will make a statement.

I have nothing to add to what my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary said on Second Reading of the Interception of Communications Bill on 12 March at columns 152–56, about the propriety with which the security service carries out its tasks under its directive.