Political pressure is building for the UK’s special forces to be subjected to parliamentary scrutiny for the first time – bringing them into line with rest of the military and the intelligence services.
The SAS and other elite units that make up the UK’s special forces are usually deployed on covert operations.
Any questions in parliament about them are met by the Ministry of Defence with “no comment”, even when their presence in conflict zones has been established by the media.
But MPs are now pushing for the special forces to be subjected to parliamentary oversight.
At a Westminster meeting organised by the Oxford Research Group, a thinktank, the Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, former chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee, said: “It is my view there is a gaping hole in parliamentary oversight.”