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Cabinet Office Enhances Checks on Intelligence

Magazine article Public Finance

Cabinet Office Enhances Checks on Intelligence

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The Cabinet Office unit dealing with security issues will be beefed up as part of the government's response to Lord Butler's report on intelligence failings over Iraq.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on March 23 that an overhaul of Britain's intelligence machinery was well under way following mistakes over the infamous dossier on Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction.

A senior Cabinet Office post, head of intelligence analysis, will be created to lead scrutiny of claims made by spies and advise on the intelligence community's analytical capacity, recruitment and training.

The Cabinet Office's 28-strong scrutiny team will also be expanded by a third. These reforms, Straw said, complement major changes at MI6 and other departments.

Under the new structure, the Cabinet Office will also have powers to challenge material submitted by intelligence staff, including the Joint Intelligence Committee. …

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