Surveillance

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd December 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many covert human intelligence sources have been recruited by (a) police forces in England and Wales, (b) the security services, (c) the National Criminal Intelligence Service and (d) the National Crime Squad in each year since 2000.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime and Policing)

The Home Office does not collect such figures. RIPA vests statutory oversight of CHIS authorisations with the independent Office of Surveillance Commissioners and the Intelligence Services Commissioner. The Chief Surveillance Commissioner publishes annual reports on his findings, copies of which are in the House Library, which include statistics on the number of CHIS authorisations granted, but do not provide a breakdown of how many CHIS are recruited by each public authority. No such statistics are provided for the activities of the Security and Intelligence agencies.

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