Clegg: Parliament members must reform intelligence laws

March 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

LONDON, March 4 (UPI) -- British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said members of Parliament likely will address reforming the legal framework for intelligence agencies after elections.

Clegg's comments, which come in the wake of U.S. National Security Agency leaks, were made Tuesday during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute, the Guardian reported.

"It is inconceivable to me that you can somehow duck this for another Parliament. The strain between the existing regulatory frameworks we have got and the development of technologies -- the gap is now becoming so great," Clegg said. "So I really don't think it is an issue of the argy-bargy between political parties or the line-by-line negotiated between political parties. It is just the next government, whatever its composition, just has to face up to this and do something about it. Personally I think it would be extraordinary if it wasn't reflected in the legislative program or the policy program of any future government after the election next year."

Clegg also announced that the Royal United Services Institute will be conducting a review into the capabilities of British intelligence agencies and the legal framework in which they operate. Proposals on how to change the current legal framework will be made after the review is completed.

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