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ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE SECURITY SERVICES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 366: tabled on 28 October 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 23 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House expresses its dismay at the revelations in the Mail on Sunday by former MI5 officer David Shayler about the wholesale bugging and surveillance routinely carried out by the security services against political activists such as the Right honourable Member for Blackburn, the honourable Member for Hartlepool and journalists such as Victoria Brittain, the respected deputy foreign editor of the Guardian, even though the individuals in question were behaving entirely lawfully; begs that the Intelligence and Security Committee gives careful consideration to the Shayler revelations; seeks assurances from the Head of MI5 that, now that the Cold War has ended, there will be no further harassment of those who pursue legal, peaceful political activities in this country, that files on such people will now be closed and that no more such files be opened; and asks that the committee begins discussions with the Home Secretary and the Head of MI5 with a view to the transfer to the Public Record Office in Kew of the hundreds of thousands of now redundant files, where they may be consulted by those on whom they were kept and where, in due historical course, they may be opened for public inspection.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.