CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

CABINET OFFICE – ROUTINE STAFF SEARCHES – 12 June 2008

Dr Julian Lewis: I am rather astonished that no reference has been made to the searching of individuals as they enter and leave premises where top secret material is held. Why should somebody who works in such premises not be searched on leaving premises to check that they are not removing classified material? Is that routinely done, and if so, do people of a sufficient level of seniority think themselves above such procedures?

[The Minister for the Cabinet Office (Edward Miliband): All issues will, of course, need to be looked at by Sir David Omand. Searching each individual from the assessment staff who leaves the building each evening would clearly be quite an onerous task.]

Dr Julian Lewis: No, it would not.