HC Deb 15 July 1982 vol 27 c429W
Q6. Mr. Bidwell

asked the Prime Minister if she will transfer responsibility for the security services to a Department of State not headed by the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister

The Home Secretary is directly responsible for the Security Service. Relations between the Security Service and Ministers are governed by the directive given to the director general of the Security Service by the then Home Secretary, Sir David Maxwell Fyfe in 1952. I see no reason to alter the lines of responsibility or change the principles contained in this directive.

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