David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, met at Downing Street earlier today to discuss matters of interest to both countries.
The issue of terrorism and security was discussed including ways in which the security services shared information with the Scottish Government. Lord Dunlop, the Scottish Office Minister said:
“The Prime Minister and the First Minister enjoyed a constructive meeting and much progress was made on security and intelligence co-operation, particularly around the sharing of information to help counter the terrorist threat across the country. The UK government is absolutely committed to working together with the governments of our devolved nations on security and counter-terrorism matters, and today’s discussions reflected that.
Put simply, every citizen in every part of the United Kingdom must have the same level of safety and security.
What we need to see now is wide support for our legislative efforts to allow the police and security services to keep the UK safe in the 21st century. The Investigatory Powers Bill is a vital piece of legislation if we are to prevent Daesh-inspired terrorists from having safe spaces in which to communicate in our country.
I hope that when the Commons debates this in the new year, we will see support from MPs from across all parts of the UK”.