Parliamentary committee to look into practice, which has been criticised by campaigners

Parliament’s joint committee on human rights has been asked to investigate the use of child spies by the police and security services, after peers discovered powers covering the practice hidden in obscure secondary legislation.

The committee’s clerk confirmed that the chair of the Lords secondary legislation scrutiny committee, Lord Trefgarne, had referred the issue to the committee and it would be considered “in due course”.

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