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John Morrison/ISC

Asked if the Prime Minister had been involved in the sacking of John Morrison, the PMS said no. She underlined that it was important to be clear what this story was all about. John Morrison had been working as a contractor in the Cabinet Office for the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). He had worked for the ISC for over five years on a part-time basis. His contract was due to end in October this year. Whilst continuing with its current work, the ISC did not plan to appoint a new investigator. Asked if she was indicating that Mr Morrison had not, in fact, been sacked, the PMS said she was simply pointing out that his contract was coming to an end. Asked to explain how the ISC was intending to operate without a replacement for Mr Morrison, the PMS said that operational matters were entirely a matter for the ISC. The Committee had decided not to replace Mr Morrison when his contract came to an end in October. Asked if she would agree that the treatment of Mr Morrison underlined the fact that the ISC was not really a Parliamentary Committee but a ‘creature’ of the Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister, the PMS said no. It was entirely up to the ISC to decide how to run its operations. Asked repeatedly on what grounds it had been decided that Mr Morrison should not be replaced, the PMS said that the ISC had decided they did not want to appoint a new investigator. It was up to them to decide how to carry out their work.

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  1. Strange not to want a successor to John Morrison, The ISC depend on the Investigator to ferret out the facts that they need in order to function. Ah well only 83,999 to go then, they could select Civil Servants for redundancy by making them undertake a polygraph test, those caught telling the truth are for the chop.

    Comment by Colonel Mad — 27 Jul 2004 on 12:01 am | Link

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