Another Parliamentary Question for the Spy Blog Wilson Doctrine category archive:
Oral Answers to Questions -- Cabinet Office
11:30 am 12th March 2014
David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden, Conservative)
The Wilson doctrine is a convention whereby Government agencies do not intercept communications with Members of Parliament without explicit approval from the Prime Minister. In a letter to my hon. Friend Nick de Bois in 2012, the Minister told him that the Wilson doctrine did not apply to metadata, thereby exposing whistleblowers to risks from which parliamentary privilege should protect them. Will he review this policy, discuss it with the Prime Minister and report back to the House?
Francis Maude (The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General; Horsham, Conservative)
I absolutely understand the point that my right hon. Friend makes and I will undertake to look at this with my right hon. Friends the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister.
We will be watching for any (lack) of progress on this important issue.