Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

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Questions to the Prime Minister on drone strikes at Liaison Committee


Today the Prime Minister appeared at the House of Commons Liaison Committee. The Liaison Committee is a body made up of all the chairs of Select Committees.

In my role as Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights I questioned the Prime Minister on:

  • If he would publish a coherent policy on targeted drone strikes
  • And if he would allow the Intelligence and Security Committee to properly scrutinise these targeted killings

You can watch the full hearing here: http://bit.ly/1RJsmd6 - my questions are at 16:26.

After the session I said:

 “The PM sought to give the impression today that he is allowing the ISC to scrutinise the targeted killing of Reyaad Khan in Syria in August.

But under questioning from the Liaison Committee Chair Andrew Tyrie MP he was forced to admit he is not allowing this scrutiny.

It’s not acceptable that he is clearly frustrating the scrutiny work of the ISC who he appointed and who are all security cleared.”

You can read a press article on the hearing here: http://bit.ly/1RKzo0Z


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