Security, scandal and the security commission report, 1981

Lomas, DWB ORCID: 2020, 'Security, scandal and the security commission report, 1981' , Intelligence and National Security, 35 (5) , pp. 734-750.

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This research note introduces the December 1981 report of the Security Commission. This report was never released with the main conclusions forming the basis of a statement by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, published in May 1982. But the 1981 report is significant for a number of reasons. It was the first major review of government security since the Radcliffe Report of 1961, resulting in a number of recommendations that changed government vetting for the rest of the 1980s. The report also recommended the avowal of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency – a recommendation that proved especially controversial.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Intelligence and National Security
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0268-4527
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Funders: Institute for Historical Research’s Scouloudi Foundation
Depositing User: DWB Lomas
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 08:24
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:07

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