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EDM (Early Day Motion) 500: tabled on 17 January 1992

Tabled in the 1991-92 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 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 deplores the Home Secretary's decision not to disclose information about staffing, financial and other matters closely associated with the Security Service; considers this inconsistent as it was a Home Office press release which announced the new head of MI5 without Parliament being officially notified; notes that subsequent press reports referred to MI5 employing an estimated 2000 full-time officers with a budget between ú300 million and ú500 million; questions where this money is in the Parliamentary estimates voted by honourable Members and is suspicious that it must be in a number of slush funds in other Votes; considers it wrong that the Security Service bureaucracy should expand without any parliamentary approval when world circumstances, particularly the demise of the Soviet Union, makes the case for its operations much less; and calls for a Select Committee, along the lines of the Public Accounts Committee, to have an oversight role over all the security services, to which they would be accountable.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.