Bulk interception warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:15 pm on 7th June 2016.

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Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Labour, Slough 2:15 pm, 7th June 2016

This issue goes to the heart of one reason why the Bill is particularly difficult. This House depends on the members of the Intelligence and Security Committee, who find out in private sessions how the powers are being used, to report back to the House, in a way that ends up being redacted, about their confidence in the powers. We have a duty to ensure that the public are as well informed as possible, in concert with our need to protect national security, about how these things work. That is the challenge and is one reason why the House has found the Bill quite difficult to deal with.