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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

This has been very helpful. The Minister is right. As the Secret Intelligence Service and the Security Service do not come within the definition of a law enforcement authority—the point that I made to the Minister was a bad one: it may arise in the context of clause 19, but it does not arise in the context of clause 18—it must therefore follow that they could not make a disclosure to any person, although, oddly enough, the police could do so in the interests of national security, which is a much wider concept than the prevention of crime.

Perhaps I should not get too worried about that subject, but on the face of it the police and all the other enforcement authorities, including the Serious Organised Crime Agencies and commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs could disclose to any body in the globe if they thought it was in the interests of national security to do so.