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Clause 18

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:30 pm on 29th April 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 5:30 pm, 29th April 2008

In a funny way, this brings us back to the argument about the scope of the words “interests of national security”. Clearly, if it were confined to the prevention or detection of crime, the investigation of an offence, the conduct of a prosecution or the identification of a deceased, a whole series of limiting factors is already provided which make it pretty clear who that person is likely to be. But the interests of national security is a very wide concept, as the Minister has accepted. This seems to place on a statutory footing the right of the Secret Intelligence Service to give to anyone, anywhere in the world, material relating to DNA samples, profiles or fingerprints if it is thought the interest of national security would be served by it.