Recruits (Security Inquiries)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr James Davidson Mr James Davidson , Aberdeenshire West 12:00 am, 12th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if applicants for entry to the Armed Forces who are likely to come into contact with classified material during their Service careers are subject to security inquiries to establish their reliability, whether or not they are of British parentage.

Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South

The rules for access to classified material in the Armed Forces apply irrespective of parentage. Consequently, any security inquiries required by these rules are made whether or not the individual is of British parentage.

Photo of Mr James Davidson Mr James Davidson , Aberdeenshire West

In that case, does the Minister agree that the country of origin of parents of an applicant is irrelevant?

Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South

The hon. Member's next Question is more concerned with that matter. Once a person is in the Armed Forces, however, irrespective of parentage, if he has access to classified material the rules of access apply irrespective of who the parents might be.