Government Secure Intranet

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 2001.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act has had a minor impact on the Government secure intranet. The lawful business practice regulations—the Telecommunications (Lawful Business Practice) (Interception of Communications) Regulations 2000—authorise interception of communications in certain cases that would otherwise be prohibited by section 1 of the Act. Where such cases apply to the Government secure intranet, obligations under relevant laws will, of course, be met.

Photo of Mr Richard Allan Mr Richard Allan Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Shadow Spokesperson (Education and Employment)

This is obviously a complex technical issue. If the Minister does not have the facts at his fingertips, will he undertake to write to me about certain aspects of the implementation of the Act? First, what is the Government's policy on retaining data on the GSI to comply with requests from the law enforcement agencies? Secondly, what is their policy on intercepting e-mails from their employees in the Departments that use the GSI? Finally, what are their estimates of the costs to the GSI of complying with requests from the law enforcement agencies?

Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

As the hon. Gentleman said, those are highly detailed and technical questions, and I am happy to write to him on those issues.