HC Deb 21 January 1998 vol 304 cc587-8W
Mr. Barnes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct M15 to halt its proposed destruction of its intelligence files on individuals and organisations until arrangements have been put in place to assess the way in which these files were compiled. [23411]

Mr. Straw

The Security Service's policy is to destroy only those files which it no longer requires to carry out its statutory functions or which are judged not to be of historical importance or both. I see no need to interfere with that policy in the way proposed by my hon. Friend.

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