FOREIGN AFFAIRS – LORD LEVY – 13 April 2000

Dr Julian Lewis: Given the uncharacteristically brusque response of the Leader of the House [Margaret Beckett] to the important question on parliamentary accountability asked by my right hon. Friend the Member for Fylde (Michael Jack), I hesitate to ask another question on the subject. [Interruption.] I shall, nevertheless, risk it.

Will the right hon. Lady find time for a statement by the Minister for the Cabinet Office on the role of prime ministerial special envoys who are, of course, unaccountable to Parliament in relation to their security clearances and to briefings that they may have had from either United Kingdom or foreign intelligence services?

[Mr Stephen O'Brien: Lord Levy.]

Dr Lewis: Such a statement would give the House a chance to obtain more information from the Minister than I was able to obtain on Tuesday, when I asked a very pertinent related question of the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the hon. Member for Neath (Peter Hain) on Lord Levy.