Feeds

Jacqui Smith denies any knowledge of police search

And Speaker's 'speedy' enquiry goes slow

Boost IT visibility and business value

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith told the House of Commons she had no prior knowledge of the police investigation into Tory shadow minister Damian Green.

She said she did not know an MP was the likely target of the investigation and that it would have been inappropriate for her to be involved.

Theresa May, shadow Commons leader, said it was now clear that Martin's promised speedy enquiry would be no such thing. It emerged today that the committee of seven senior MPs would meet and immediately adjourn until police investigations and criminal proceedings were finished - a process likely to take many months. May also questioned whether police accessed files belonging to any other MPs when they accessed shared drives on the House of Commons servers in order to seize Green's documents and emails.

Speaker Martin is coming under increasing fire over the warrantless search of Green's office and computers. He said yesterday that police entered Parliament without a warrant but only on the basis of a consent form signed by Serjeant at Arms Jill Pay. He said he regretted this but was not asked.

Asked if Commons servers were covered by the Wilson doctrine Martin said he would look into the matter.

Martin also said yesterday that he asked the Serjeant at Arms to contact the police in order to get Green's computers and mobile phones returned "by Monday" - but the police are still holding at least some of that hardware today. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
'Greenhouse effect is real, but as for the rest of it ...'
'Blow it up': Plods pop round for chat with Commonwealth Games tweeter
You'd better not be talking about the council's housing plans
Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold
Ministry of Fun confirms: Yes, we're busy doing nothing
Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov
Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy
Apple smacked with privacy sueball over Location Services
Class action launched on behalf of 100 million iPhone owners
Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart
Mega-costly gas 'n' 'leccy totting-up tech not worth it - Tory MP
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.