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PM Tony Blair fails to clarify the Wilson Doctrine, again

Prime Minister Tony Blair has yet again evasively failed to clarify the current scope and applicability to new technology, of the Wilson Doctrine:

Commons Hansard 1 Feb 2007 : Column 464W:

Wilson Doctrine

Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister whether the Wilson Doctrine applies to hon. Members use of (a) Blackberry-devices, (b) mobile phone text messaging, (c) Voice over Internet Protocol systems, (d) internet browsers and (e) email. [112159]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) on 21 January 2002, Official Report, column 589W.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister whether the Wilson Doctrine applies to members of the (a) Scottish Parliament, (b) National Assembly for Wales and (c) Northern Ireland Assembly. [112161]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1186W, and to my written ministerial statement on 30 March 2006, Official Report, columns 95-96WS.

1 Feb 2007 : Column 465W

See the Spy Blog Wilson Doctrine category archive for details of these previous Questions and non-Answers

Is this reluctance to answer simple questions, which have no bearing on national security methods or on individual investigations, due to some political embarrassment e.g. the current Cash or Loans for Honours scandal ?

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