There really is no excuse, in a democracy, for the Government not to answer general questions about the strategy and democratic safeguards, about any aspect of "security" policy, whilst obviously protecting current operations and methods, or the details of individual cases.
Yesterday, Dr. Vincent Cable, the Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham, was again stonewalled by the Prime Minister regarding his series of perfectly reasonable questions regarding the "Wilson Doctrine."
All he got was an unsatisfactory "nothing further to add " Answer.
What is the Prime Minister hiding from us ?
Did the Home Secretary indirectly admit to the phone tapping of MPs in the latter half of 2005 ?
Remember that it is the constituents of Members of Parliament who are being potentially illegaly snooped on, not just the MPs themselves, under the murky limits of the "Wilson Doctrine".
Dr. Cable's Parliamentary Written Answer:
8 Feb 2006 : Column 1186W
Dr. Cable: To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether the Wilson doctrine applies to (a) Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly and (b) (i) UK and (ii) non-UK members of the European Parliament; 
(2) whether the Wilson doctrine applies to Members of (a) the Welsh Assembly and (b) the Scottish Parliament; 
(3) what discussions he has had on the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to a possible suspension of the Wilson doctrine; 
(4) what discussions have taken place regarding the suspension of the Wilson doctrine on interception of parliamentary communications; 
(5) whether the Wilson doctrine has been updated to apply to internet activity; 
(6) whether the Wilson doctrine applies to (a) communications traffic data and (b) the interception of postal services. 
The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to my written ministerial statement, 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 173WS and my answers at Prime Minister's Questions on 18 and 25 January.