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National Security Council: Disclosure of Information

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st May 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions the Cabinet Secretary has had with the representatives of the Metropolitan police on the alleged leak of information from a meeting of the National Security Council.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Cabinet Office has cooperated fully on the leak of information from the NSC with the Metropolitan Police, who are operationally independent of Government. As made clear in his statement of the 4th May Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu stated that he had ‘spoken to the Cabinet Office’ and that he was ‘satisfied that the disclosure did not amount to a criminal offence… no crime has been committed and this is not a matter for the police’

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