Bulk interception warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th June 2016.

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Photo of Simon Hoare Simon Hoare Conservative, North Dorset 2:30 pm, 7th June 2016

I oppose the amendments because they would delete very significant powers that are required. I have—as I believe the Government have—confidence in our services to deploy in an accountable way. If the hon. Member for Glasgow North East presses her amendment to a Division, I will oppose her, even if no one else does. I am content with the arguments deployed by Ministers that those bulk powers are required. We cannot dodge our responsibilities on this. We may find that it infringes and impinges on the sacred flame of civil liberties but, to keep our country safe, so be it.