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Richard Benyon

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Detainees

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Thursday 18th July 2019

(1 year, 2 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Mr Lidington Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jul 2019, 12:04 p.m.

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for his welcome for the principles. The memorandum of understanding between the Government and the ISC does make it clear that the ISC is entitled to take evidence from Ministers, senior officials and agency chiefs. That is in line with the relationship between the Government and every departmental Select Committee, and I am not persuaded that there is a need to change that.

Richard Benyon (Newbury) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jul 2019, 12:05 p.m.

Does my right hon. Friend understand that he would have had an easier ride today if the Government had been more flexible on whom we, as a Committee, could see?

Mr Lidington Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jul 2019, 12:05 p.m.

I understand the argument that my right hon. Friend is making, but I repeat the point that it is a long-established principle, reflected in the memorandum of understanding with the ISC, that it is senior officials, agency chiefs and Ministers who are accountable to the Committee, rather than junior officials.