David Frost - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:01 pm on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Lord Kerr of Kinlochard Lord Kerr of Kinlochard Crossbench 12:01 pm, 30th June 2020

My Lords, watching Washington provides daily lessons on the perils of a politicised public service, and the Iraq inquiry reminded us of the dangers when politics and intelligence assessment overlap. Mr Frost is a man of proven resilience and stamina—he used to work for me—but he is being put in a very difficult position. Will the Minister reassure us that the Government understand that the primary role of the National Security Adviser is speaking truth to power, co-ordinating and presenting to Government the considered collective advice of the council, welcome or unwelcome, and not acting as a delivery mechanism to impose policies born in a back shop in No. 10?