SIS (Staff Counsellor)

Prime Minister written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Frank Roy Frank Roy Labour, Motherwell and Wishaw

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement about the Staff Counsellor for the Security and Intelligence Services.

Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister

Sir John Chilcot GCB has served as Staff Counsellor for the Security and Intelligence Services (the Security Service, Secret Intelligence Service and GCHQ) since 1 April 1999. He was due to retire from the post on 31 March 2004. On 3 February, however, I appointed Sir John to the Committee to Review Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction and he relinquished his role as Staff Counsellor that day.

I have now appointed John Warne CB, Director-General for Counter-Terrorism, Organised Crime, Drugs and International Affairs at the Home Office until September 2002, as his successor, with effect from 4 February 2004 and he will take on all new cases. Sir John Chilcot will continue to deal with those cases that he was handling prior to 3 February, and is confident that there is no conflict of interest.

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