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Security Service Act 1989

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Citation  1989 c 5
Royal assent  27 April 1989
Introduced by  Douglas Hurd
Commencement  18 December 1989
Security Service Act 1989
Long title  An Act to place the Security Service on a statutory basis; to enable certain actions to be taken on the authority of warrants issued by the Secretary of State, with provision for the issue of such warrants to be kept under review by a Commissioner; to establish a procedure for the investigation by a Tribunal or, in some cases, by the Commissioner of complaints about the Service; and for connected purposes.

The Security Service Act 1989 (c 5) is an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament.

The Act established the legal basis of the UK Security Service for the first time. The first section begins, "There shall continue to be a Security Service ..".

The first section defines the function of the Service as

the protection of national security and, in particular, its protection against threats from espionage, terrorism and sabotage, from the activities of agents of foreign powers and from actions intended to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by political, industrial or violent means.

In the next paragraph it adds the further function, "to safeguard the economic well-being of the United Kingdom against threats posed by the actions or intentions of persons outside the British Islands."


Security Service Act 1989 Wikipedia

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