HL Deb 06 June 1996 vol 572 c141WA
Lord Cuckney

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the annual report of the commissioner appointed under the Intelligence Services Act 1994 will be laid before the House.

The Lord Privy Seal (Viscount Cranborne)

A copy of Lord Justice Stuart-Smith's first annual report, for 1995, has been laid before the House today in accordance with Section 8(6) of the Intelligence Services Act 1994. The confidential annex to the report has been excluded from that copy in accordance with Section 8(7) of the 1994 Act. I am grateful to the commissioner for his work in reviewing the issue of warrants and authorisations, and in providing assistance to the tribunal as provided for in the Act. I note that he is satisfied that the Secretary of State has properly exercised his powers under the two sections of the 1994 Act.