Cabinet secretary launches inquiry into NSC leak as minister admits criminal investigation could take place

Several cabinet ministers have today denied that they or their teams leaked information from a meeting of the national security council.

The NSC met on Tuesday. The Telegraph later reported that the NSC discussed Chinese telecoms manufacturer Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s future 5G network. It reported that a decision has been take to allow Huawei to build parts of the infrastructure and that concerns has been raised about the plan.

Today, the defence secretary and foreign secretary both explicitly denied any involvement in the leak.

The home secretary said the leak was “completely unacceptable”.

Other ministers present at the NSC meeting include the international trade secretary and the international development secretary.

The culture secretary told the Commons today that a criminal inquiry could now be carried out. The cabinet secretary is reported to have launched an internal leak inquiry.