Friday, March 31, 2006

MPs will not be bugged

Harold WilsonThe Prime Minister has rejected the advice of outgoing Interception Commissioner, Sir Swinton Thomas, that MPs should no longer be protected from bugging under the "Wilson doctrine":

It was Sir Swinton's advice, taking into account the new and robust regulatory framework governing interception and the changed circumstances since 1966, that the Wilson Doctrine should not be sustained.

I have considered Sir Swinton's advice very seriously, together with concerns expressed in this House in response to my written ministerial statement on 15 December. I have decided that the Wilson Doctrine should be maintained.

A small piece of good news in an otherwise appalling week for freedom in the UK, which saw royal assent for the Terrorism and Identity Cards bills.

No comments: