Telephone Tapping: Members and Peers

Home Office written question – answered on 20th April 2017.

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Photo of Lord Eames Lord Eames Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines are in place for the Security Services relating to the monitoring of personal phone calls by Members of Parliament and members of the House of Lords; and how frequently such guidelines are reviewed, and by whom.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government’s position on the Wilson Doctrine was set out by the then Prime Minister in a written ministerial statement made on 4 November 2015.

Since then the Government has passed the Investigatory Powers Act, which strengthens the protections for Parliamentarians and places the protections of the Wilson Doctrine into statute for the first time. The Investigatory Powers Act provides that an application for a targeted warrant to intercept or examine the communications of a Parliamentarian must be approved by the Secretary of State, a Judicial Commissioner and the Prime Minister.

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