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 David Winnick David Winnick Labour, Walsall North 8:25 pm, 13th May 2014

I am grateful for the hon. Gentleman’s kind remarks, but does he accept that, in the 1980s, before the ISC was formed—I was on the Standing Committee that led to its formation—it was very difficult to get the matter raised at all when I tried to initiate debates on the Security Service? I am in favour of such a Committee and I am certainly in favour of the security services—even more so in the face of acute terrorism—but I want accountability, and I think that is the main difference between the hon. Gentleman and me.