Covert Human Intelligence Sources ( Criminal Conduct ) Bill 2020
As with all people who have had an undisclosed second, concealed SIS/Mi6, career involving covert plain clothes armed work overseas/covert intelligence gathering, I know that Covert Intelligence work is governed by set parameters. Many of these parameters are already established within the Official Secrets Acts of 1911 and 1989. This is part of the basic training of a Covert Intelligence operative.
I stopped doing plain clothes work involving firearms in the year 2001 and many people have said that the legislative framework under which agents operate needs to be modernised , and verified, over the years.
H.M. Government, in 2019/2020 under the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have set about trying to define the exact parameters under which both armed agents, and intelligence surveillance agents, should operate under. This being both in the United Kingdom and more importantly , internationally, abroad.
To this end the new Covert Human Intelligence Sources ( Criminal Conduct ) Bill has been recommended by the current Government headed by Boris Johnson.
The Covert Intelligence ( Criminal Conduct ) Bill 2020 is currently being discussed subject to scrutiny by the House of Lords.
Below is a link to the legislative CHIS factsheet for further information about the scope of the new Bill when it finally becomes a Statute:-
(Major Sir Andrew Siddle, Kt - R.M. Reserves Major seconded to SIS/Mi6 plain clothes armed duties - 1985 to 2001)