Typical bloody IT
This response and attitude it simply typical of your average IT department. Rather than do something that the customer actually wants or needs they hide behind jargon, obscurity and half truths. Why didn't PICT do an evaluation of the latest version of their VPN software with the latest version of PGP. Probably because they were too f*cking lazy. So they banned the offending software instead. It's about time IT got their house in order and got of their @rses to deliver what their customers actually want and need, not what they can be bothered to support.
As for the MPs, firstly they need to fire the head of PICT, and then lock him up in the Tower. Some of them should also be educated in matters IT / IT Security so that they can hold these people to account.