Examination of Witness

Part of National Security Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:20 pm on 7th July 2022.

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Photo of Holly Lynch Holly Lynch Shadow Minister (Home Office) 4:20 pm, 7th July 2022

Q Further to that, we have heard today, and I have heard from the intelligence services before today, this sense that, while hypothetical, the fear of prosecution of individuals acting under orders is having a chilling effect on the work that they need to undertake. On occasion, it has meant that they have had to pause and cease some of the operations that they feel are quite routine or essential as part of defending the UK’s national security interest. With that in mind, is there an alternative way through this? Could the provision be amended or alternative safeguards added to arrive at those individuals having the protection that they need, while having some of the safeguards and checks and balances that we are concerned might be missing at this time in clause 23?