Foreign Affairs Committee

FCO secure communications and handling of classified information inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Inquiry launched on Tuesday 9 July 2019.

Scope of the inquiry

The Foreign Affairs Committee has launched an urgent inquiry into the FCO's secure communications and handling of classified information.

 The inquiry will consider:

  • The necessity of secure communications and information handling for the good functioning of the FCO and the impact of leaks on that functioning
  • The steps taken by the FCO to ensure that its information and communications are treated securely
  • Whether the steps taken by the FCO and other Government departments in response to apparent leaks are adequate
  • Whether the classification regime used by the FCO is appropriate
  • Whether the sanctions in place to deter such leaks are effective and fit for purpose.
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