Another Wilson Doctrine Parliamentary Question and an evasive Answer:by the Ministry of Justice:
Prisons: Electronic Surveillance
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 104W, on prisons: electronic surveillance, how many covert surveillance operations relating to hon. Members were authorised by the Home Secretary in 1999; what the Government's policy was in 1999 on the surveillance of hon. Members meeting their constituents in prison; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Straw: It is our policy to neither confirm nor deny covert surveillance operations in prisons. I refer the hon. Member to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair's written answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 4 December 1997, Official Report, column 321W, which made it clear that the Wilson doctrine applied to telephone interception and to the use of electronic surveillance by any of the three security and intelligence agencies. Visits by MPs to prisoners in prisons were not excluded from this policy.
Remember that the scandal involving the electronic surveillance in Woodhill prison of Sadiq Khan MP when visiting his constituent Babar Ahmad, reported on by the Chief Surveillance Commissioner Sir Christopher Rose, did not involve
"the three security and intelligence agencies"
nor even the Prisons Service, but rather the Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police Service.This makes a mockery of the Wilson Doctrine.
See: "Report on two visits by Sadiq Khan MP to Babar Ahmad (who does not face any criminal charges in the United Kingdom, but is facing extradition to the USA, for activities allegedly conducted in London) at HM Prison Woodhill" - Rt. Hon. Sir Christopher Rose finds no illegality
Where are the amended Statutory Codes of Practice, promised by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith on 24th February 2008 ?
Without extending the Wilson Doctrine, she did make a promise to amend the existing Statutory Codes of Practice regarding Covert Surveillance, extending these to cover Members of the European Parliament and the Welsh Assembly (not Northern Ireland or Scotland where these are Devolved Matters). The policy regarding unelected Members of the House of Lords is now unclear.