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Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, said ministers must end the practice immediately and explain why it had been allowed to continue for so long.
“Our children should be protected, not intentionally put in precarious situations involving serious and violent crime,” she said.
The government has advanced secondary legislation to extend the period that agencies could use child spies from one month to four months before needing reauthorisation.
“I’ve spoken to the clerk [of the committee] and that seems what we are going to do,” he said.
Despite the outcry, Downing Street defended the use of children in spying operations.
She expressed concern that children may be recruited as spies on the basis of the controversial Scotland Yard database known as the ”gangs matrix”. »