Police and Security Services: Investigatory Powers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12th October 2015.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Secretary of State for the Home Department 2:30 pm, 12th October 2015

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. New services are obviously being developed. The law makes it very clear that any communications service provider offering a service in the United Kingdom should be in a position to respond to a warrant when it has been decided that there should be access to intercept material on the basis that it is necessary and proportionate.

That was made clear by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and we put it beyond doubt in the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.