Peter Binning considers whether the new National Security Bill could have been used to reform Official Secrets law

The expedited passage of the Official Secrets Bill into law in barely a month in the summer of 1911 was described in Parliament at the time as “distressing” and “undesirable” (Law Commission Data Protection Report, at [2.6]). There was concern then about German spies operating in England. In March this year, as Russian troops advanced towards the Ukrainian capital, the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 was waved through Parliament in a fortnight. Considerably more Parliamentary time must be expended on the National Security Bill (NSB), which is the subject of this article.

Ready, aim…?

The aims of the NSB are clear: to modernise the law on espionage, ...

Peter Binning
Corker Binning

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