The Foreign Secretary, William Hague made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 10 June on the work of the Government Communications headquarters (GCHQ), its legal framework and recent publicity about it
Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
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