§ 56. Mr. James Davidson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if applicants for entry to the Armed Forces who are likely to come into contact with classified material during their Service careers are subject to security inquiries to establish their reliability, whether or not they are of British parentage.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
The rules for access to classified material in the Armed Forces apply irrespective of parentage. Consequently, any security inquiries required by these rules are made whether or not the individual is of British parentage.
§ Mr. Davidson
In that case, does the Minister agree that the country of origin of parents of an applicant is irrelevant?