Will the Home Secretary agree that telephone tapping is an interference with the freedom of the individual in a democratic society? To that end will he accept that the first report should be published as a matter of urgency, as it is 10 months since the review was first announced, in order to avoid charges of a cover-up? Will he give serious consideration to publishing subsequent Diplock reviews so that the matter may be brought under public scrutiny in the House and those suspicions about telephone tapping may be eradicated by proper and full public scrutiny?
Bearing in mind the value which will undoubtedly attach to the dispassionate review by Lord Diplock, will my right hon. Friend also bear in mind that his first function is the protection of the State and that some measure of telephone tapping will remain essential to that end, whatever Government are in power and under whatever circumstances?
Does the Secretary of State remember that this report and the White Paper published last April related only to the police, Customs and Excise and the security service, which is under his own authority? In view of recent public allegations, can he assure the House that there is no trespassing on the Home Secretary's preserve by any surveillance conducted by a service answerable to the Foreign Secretary?