Secret Intelligence Service: Security

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 23rd November 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) how much the Secret Intelligence Service spent on security for (a) Sir Richard Dearlove in the six months prior to September 1999, (b) Sir John Sawers in the six months prior to November 2009 and (c) Sir John Scarlett in the six months prior to May 2004;

(2) how much the Secret Intelligence Service spent on security for the families of (a) Sir Richard Dearlove in the six months prior to September 1999, (b) Sir John Sawers in the six months prior to November 2009 and (c) Sir John Scarlett in the six months prior to May 2004;

(3) whether it put in place security measures to protect Sir John Sawers and his close family members as a result of his identification on the internet.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

It is the long standing policy of the Government not to comment on the personal security arrangements for individual members of Secret Intelligence Staff and their families.

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