James Cleverly backs the Defence Secretary on his decision not to release information that could jeopardise the security of the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent as it is not in the public or national interest to discuss these operations openly.
James Cleverly (Braintree) (Con)
There is a huge difference between subjects that are of interest to the public and things that are in the public interest. Does my right hon. Friend agree that while operations relating to intelligence, counter-terrorism, special forces and, indeed, nuclear submarines are of massive interest to the public, it is not in the public or national interest to discuss them openly in this or any other place?
Sir Michael Fallon
I completely agree with my hon. Friend.