Andrew Parker the head of M15, John Sawers the head of M16 and Iain Lobban GCHQ director
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Spy chiefs appear before MPs in unprecedented hearing

7 November 2013 Last updated at 22:35 GMT

The heads of Britain's spy services have appeared before a committee of senior MPs and peers for an unprecedented televised hearing.

They said terrorists had been rubbing their hands with glee, following intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden, and that suspects under surveillance had changed their behaviour.

But there were assurances that spies do not spend their time listening in to the phone calls of the general public and reading their emails.

Gordon Corera reports.