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U.K. Lawmakers to Question Spy Chiefs for First Time in Public

Lawmakers on Parliament’s cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee will question the U.K.’S spy chiefs for the first time in public on Nov. 7.

Iain Lobban, the director of Britain’s listening post, Government Communications Headquarters, will appear alongside Andrew Parker, director general of MI5, the domestic security service, and the head of MI6, the overseas intelligence agency, John Sawers. It’s the first time the three will have appeared in public together.

“The session will give an insight into the world of intelligence, and the work the agencies do on behalf of the U.K.,” the committee said in a statement on its website. “It represents a very significant step forward in terms of the openness and transparency of the agencies.”

The session, which will be available to view online, will be transmitted on a short time-delay to allow the committee to pause the broadcast if anything is said that may endanger national security. The hearing will cover terrorist threats, regional instability and weapons proliferation, cyber-security and espionage.

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