Intelligence and Security Committee

Part of Deferred Divisions – in the House of Commons at 8:25 pm on 13th May 2014.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 8:25 pm, 13th May 2014

I have the greatest respect for Mr Winnick. He is a man of great seniority in this House and we always, rightly, listen very carefully to what he has to say. There is one—and only one—reason why his proposal runs into difficulties. The simple point is that this particular Committee, unlike any other, has access to highly classified information up to the range of top secret, strap-2 level and occasionally higher.

Some people believe that this country should have no secrets at all and that if we had no secrets, there would be no classified information and no case for treating the membership of the Intelligence and Security Committee differently from that of the Defence Committee.