Speech

Foreign Secretary's statement to the House of Commons on the role of GCHQ

Last Updated: 10 Jun 2013
The Rt Hon William Hague states that "Our Intelligence Agencies practise and uphold UK laws at all times, even when dealing with information from outside the UK".

Statement - 10 Jun 2013

The Foreign Secretary William Hague made a statement in the House of Commons on 10 Jun 2013 on the work of GCHQ and UK intelligence gathering. He said:

Mr Speaker, with permission I will make a Statement on the work of the Government Communications Headquarters, GCHQ, its legal framework and recent publicity about it.

As Foreign Secretary I am responsible for the work of GCHQ and the Secret Intelligence Service, SIS, under the overall authority of the Prime Minister. My Rt Hon Friend the Home Secretary is responsible for the work of the Security Service, MI5.

As Foreign Secretary I am responsible for the work of GCHQ and the Secret Intelligence Service, SIS, under the overall authority of the Prime Minister. My Rt Hon Friend the Home Secretary is responsible for the work of the Security Service, MI5.

Over the last few days there have been a series of media disclosures of classified US documents relating to the collection of intelligence by US agencies, and questions about the role of GCHQ.

Full transcript of Foreign Secretary's statement.