Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough was yesterday made a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament. Her appointment was approved by the Prime Minister and Ed Miliband, and was agreed by the House of Commons.
Fiona said, “This committee will give me a chance to influence the work of our security services. It is a rare sign of trust to be appointed to it by colleagues in parliament. I hope that I can help our security services to better protect us all, but also to include every community and neighbourhood in that protection. There are too many people in Britain who fear they are being spied on rather than spied for.”
“I enjoyed the Public Accounts Committee and as a member helped to influence issues as diverse as Britain’s approach to company taxation, and provision for people with neurological conditions. I will bring the same forensic and independent approach to the Intelligence and Security Committee, although, as it usually sits in private, dealing with secret material, I regret that constituents will be less able to watch me at work. I hope I can influence the security and intelligence services through this committee.”
The Intelligence and Security Committee is responsible for scrutinising policy, administration and expenditure of the intelligence and security agencies: the Security Service (MI5), the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The committee is made up of 9 members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Fiona left the Public Accounts Committee on 7th April 2014.