Peers: Surveillance

Home Office written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Lord Balfe Lord Balfe Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to assist members of the House of Lords on whom MI5 hold files to submit a request to see those files.

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

Under Part 4 of the Data Protection Act 2018, pertaining to Intelligence services processing, subjects of information held by a UK intelligence service can request this information from the relevant service. Where the data continues to be held, the intelligence services must consider each subject access request on its merits and provide a response accordingly, except where it would be damaging to national security to do so.

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