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I am afraid that the Minister has opened a Pandora’s box in his discussion of what I thought would be a relatively straightforward question about how we would be able to monitor how the new power is used.
A number of questions spring to mind. First and foremost, the Minister mentioned that police and crime commissioners will be notified when direct tasking is used. Will that information be subject to freedom of information requests, given that he also said that it would not be possible to set out that information at a parliamentary level or through the NCA annual report because that might compromise operational powers?