We clearly remember Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's statement, back in February, . during the debate on the report by the Chief Surveillance Commissioner Rt.Hon. Sir Christopher Rose, regarding the Sadiq Khan MP / Babar Ahmad bugging in Woodhill Prison scandal, with its implications for the Wilson Doctrne:
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Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin) (Con): Given that foreign intelligence agencies fall outside the Wilson doctrine and existing and future codes of conduct, will the Home Secretary give the House an assurance that during the past 10 years, no British Minister, especially in the Ministry of Defence, has been bugged by a foreign intelligence agency--particularly the French intelligence agency--in relation to Ministry of Defence procurement contracts?
Jacqui Smith: It is illegal for foreign intelligence agencies to operate in this country.
We commented at the time:
Somehow, that does not actually stop them from doing so !
However, yesterday, this firm assurance, made to Parliament by the current Home Secretary Jacqui Smith seems to have been contradicted by her subordinate Home Office Minister Tony "not fit for purpose" McNulty, in this Commons Written Answer to a Question by Michael Ancram, the Conservative MP for Devizes:
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Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what active operations members of security forces of foreign states are permitted to undertake in the UK; and what restrictions apply to them. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 28 April 2008]: Any activity is permitted as long as it is in accordance with law.
The statement "It is illegal for foreign intelligence agencies to operate in this country." is contradicted by "Any activity is permitted as long as it is in accordance with law."
Which one of these Labour politicians is misleading Parliament and the public, and should clarify and apologise, or resign ? Or is it both of them ?