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Security Service Act 1989

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2The Director-General

(1)The operations of the Service shall continue to be under the control of a Director-General appointed by the Secretary of State.

(2)The Director-General shall be responsible for the efficiency of the Service and it shall be his duty to ensure—

(a)that there are arrangements for securing that no information is obtained by the Service except so far as necessary for the proper discharge of its functions or disclosed by it except so far as necessary for that purpose or for the purpose of preventing or detecting serious crime; and

(b)that the Service does not take any action to further the interests of any political party.

(3)The arrangements mentioned in subsection (2)(a) above shall be such as to ensure that information in the possession of the Service is not disclosed for use in determining whether a person should be employed, or continue to be employed, by any person, or in any office or capacity, except in accordance with provisions in that behalf approved by the Secretary of State.

(4)The Director-General shall make an annual report on the work of the Service to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State and may at any time report to either of them on any matter relating to its work.

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