Special Forces:Written question - HL6882

Q
Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 16 April 2018
Ministry of Defence
Special Forces
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will clarify the basis of their policy of not commenting on the operations of British Special Forces; and what is their assessment of the extent to which that policy is compatible with the principle of parliamentary scrutiny.
A
Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 23 April 2018

It is this Government's, and previous Governments', policy not to comment, and to dissuade others from commenting or speculating, about the operational activities of Special Forces because of the security implications. To prevent the inadvertent confirmation or otherwise of any information or assertion the approach has been to neither confirm nor deny, and to decline to comment when questions concerning Special Forces are posed. This is entirely compatible with the principle of Parliamentary scrutiny, which is exercised through Ministerial oversight of Special Forces operations.

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