Military Action Overseas: Parliamentary Approval

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:24 pm on 17th April 2018.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 1:24 pm, 17th April 2018

No, I am going to make some more progress.

The Government have access to all that information, but Parliament does not and cannot. This is not a question of whether we take Parliament into our confidence. It is a question of whether we take our adversaries into our confidence by sharing that material in a public forum. Officials have briefed Opposition leaders on Privy Council terms, and I have set out to the House elements underpinning our assessment, but our intelligence and assessment cannot be shared in full with Parliament. It is my responsibility to decide the way forward based on all the intelligence and information available to Government. I should make the decision as Prime Minister with the support of the Cabinet, and Parliament should hold me to account for that decision.