CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DEFENCE – UK SPECIAL FORCES IN IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN – 7 January 2020

Dr Julian Lewis rose

[Stewart Malcolm McDonald: I detect that the former Chairman of the Select Committee on Defence wishes to intervene.]

Dr Lewis: Before the hon. Gentleman concludes, may I ask whether he feels that a mechanism similar to that of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which conducts investigations into matters relating to the intelligence agencies that cannot be discussed on the Floor of the House, might not be a slightly more appropriate response than the much wider aim of a war powers Act, with all that that would entail?

[Stewart Malcolm McDonald: It sounds to me as though I have an ally in the former Chair of the Defence Committee, because I think that part of the remit of the judge-led inquiry that I have advocated on the Floor of the House tonight should be to make a recommendation to the House on what mechanism the House or the Government bring to the House so that these operations can be properly scrutinised. The ISC would be an obvious outfit for that, although I know that other Members would perhaps disagree.]