Bulk interception warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 7th June 2016.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden 2:00 pm, 7th June 2016

The powers mostly already exist and this is an avowal of existing powers, so in some sense the question of Joanna Cherry is different from what it would normally be. We have powers and may not change them as result of the delay, but there is an implication for how soon we review the whole package and how soon we come back and re-legislate. It has long seemed to me that this is a piece of legislation that lends itself to almost annual review, renewal and reform. The way to deal with the problem may be to ensure that we get a relatively rapid review and reform of the legislation in another part of this business.