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GCHQ: Amazon Web Services

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 74972, tabled on 15 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to enable Parliamentary scrutiny of the cloud computing contract between Amazon Web Services and GCHQ.

Answered on

24 November 2021

The national security community does not routinely release details of the technology partnerships it enters into. Releasing details concerning national security technology can have significant security implications as would be the case in this scenario. Any contract can be fully scrutinised through the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament. This is the appropriate forum for Parliamentary scrutiny on this matter.