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Telecommunications

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 132909, tabled on 30 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what level of security clearance will be required within (a) Ofcom and (b) his Department to carry out the functions of the Telecoms Security Bill effectively; and how many staff have that level of clearance.

Answered on

11 January 2021

Officials involved in the implementation of the Telecommunications (Security) Bill will require different security clearances depending on their precise roles.

Ofcom and DCMS currently have staff with the relevant national security clearances to carry out the functions of the Telecommunications (Security) Bill.

Ofcom will continue to review their security arrangements as they develop their capabilities to deliver this new regime. They will be working closely with the government and will receive expert advice from the NCSC who are a world-leading national authority on cyber security.