The missing, illegally delayed RIPA Commissioner's Annual Reports for 2006 have now been published in 2008
28 Jan 2008 : Column 3WS
Intelligence Services Commissioner/Interception of Communications Commissioner (Annual Report)
The Prime Minister (Mr. Gordon Brown): I have today laid before both Houses the annual reports for 2006 of the Intelligence Services Commissioner, the right hon. Sir Peter Gibson (HC 253), and the Interception of Communications Commissioner, the right hon. Sir Paul Kennedy (HC 252). Some sensitive information has been excluded from both reports in accordance with Sections 58(7) and 60(5) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
I am grateful to the commissioners for their reports and the work that has gone into preparing them.
We will link to the censored online copies once these are available in the next week or so. If you spot them online before us, please publish the URL in the comments below.
UPDATE both reports are now online (thanks to Doctor_Wibble for the pointer in the comments below).
They were both submitted to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 24th October 2007, so why could he not lay them before Parliament, as he is required to by law, before the end of the calendar year i.e. before the Christmas holiday ?
- Report of the Interception of Communications Commissioner for 2006 (.pdf) - 13 pages - published 28th January 2008
- Report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner for 2006 (.pdf ) - 8 pages - published 28th January 2008
Neither report says very much different from the previous ones.
The Interception of Communications Commissioner Rt. Hon. Sir Paul Kennedy agrees with his predecessor Rt. Hon. Sir Swinton Thomas regrading the Wilson Doctrine which exempts just the Members of Parliament and the Peers in the House of Lords from having their phones tapped.
63. I have not in this report referred to the Wilson Doctrine but I adopt without qualification what was said about it by Sir Swinton Thomas last year. In times like these it seems to me to be totally indefensible.
He also now has a Chief Inspector and a team of 5 to help him with the inspections of actual inception warrants, but there still seems to be far less oversight or inspection of the much more numerous (still around a quarter of a million requests a year) for Communications Traffic Data.
Intelligence Services Commissioner Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Gibson's Report, like that of his predecessor, gives virtually no details whatsoever, and just says that everything is running properly, with just a few minor errors, and no evidence of malice or incompetence.
Why did Gordon Brown delay the publication if such bland reports ?