GCHQ

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:07 pm on 10th June 2013.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham 4:07 pm, 10th June 2013

I declare a strong constituency interest.

Veterans of Bletchley park, like my own parents, were and are widely described as heroes for the secret victories that we can now talk about, they having kept their secrets for many decades. Does the Foreign Secretary agree that GCHQ, as Bletchley’s successor, does equally vital but equally secret work, and that hon. Members might have to exercise just a fraction of that kind of self-restraint in allowing some of the perfectly legitimate questions about Prism to be answered in private to elected members of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which we have set up for precisely this purpose?