HMP Woodhill (Inquiry)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families – in the House of Commons at 3:34 pm on 4th February 2008.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington 3:34 pm, 4th February 2008

The Lord Chancellor's statement appears to suggest that there is one regime for telephone tapping, another regime for bugging by policemen and another for bugging by members of the security services. When the inquiry is concluded, will he consider one protocol that covers all those circumstances in relation to Members of Parliament so that at the very least to bug or tap the telephone of an MP will require ministerial approval? In that way, our constituents—many of whom come to us as frightened, vulnerable or fearful individuals—could have some security that they were speaking to us in complete confidence.