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Cost Of The Security Services

EDM number 523 in 2000-01, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 03/04/2001.

That this House welcomes the first public appearance by the Director General of the Security Services, Sir Stephen Lander, at the Royal United Services Institution and the work of the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee in getting this committee established and accepted; notes that spending on spies is growing at an annual average of 4.1 per cent. a year, much faster than public spending as a whole; further notes that the total cost of intelligence gathering is now put at ú2.5 billion, higher than spending on the Diplomatic Service, and has doubled since the end of the cold war, a process of compounding growth amplified by cost overruns such as M16 and M15 headquarters which cost ú300 million more than estimated, while the cost of moving the GCHQ surveillance, originally put at ú20 million, now stands at ú400 million and could rise as high as ú1 billion; and further recommends that the National Audit Office should now examine whether the services provide value for money, because their expenditure, which has increased, is massively increasing and ought to be diminished, as well as being made fully accountable to Parliament.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Austin Mitchell03/04/2001Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Alan Simpson04/04/2001Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Lynne Jones04/04/2001Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Alice Mahon04/04/2001HalifaxLabourSigned
Bill Michie04/04/2001Sheffield, HeeleyLabourSigned
Frank Cook04/04/2001Stockton NorthLabourSigned
John Gunnell04/04/2001Morley & RothwellLabourSigned
Harry Barnes04/04/2001North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Harold Best04/04/2001Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Norman Godman05/04/2001Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Eric Clarke05/04/2001MidlothianLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins05/04/2001Luton NorthLabourSigned
Gordon Prentice05/04/2001PendleLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn06/04/2001Islington NorthLabourSigned
Vincent Cable09/04/2001TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington10/04/2001Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
John McWilliam23/04/2001BlaydonLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell23/04/2001Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Ann Cryer23/04/2001KeighleyLabourSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe23/04/2001LeighLabourSigned
Maria Fyfe23/04/2001Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
Rudi Vis23/04/2001Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Michael Connarty25/04/2001Falkirk EastLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd03/05/2001Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
John Austin03/05/2001Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned

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