Bulk interception warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm on 7th June 2016.

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Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Conservative, Torbay 3:30 pm, 7th June 2016

I take on board the point that the hon. and learned Lady makes. However, as my right hon. and learned Friend Mr Grieve mentioned, the Intelligence and Security Committee would almost certainly oversee what was happening. As was touched on with the Minister, although the Committee is not involved in live intelligence work, it carries out reviews and, as discussed in relation to one of the probing amendments tabled by my right hon. and learned Friend, there is an understanding of an exchange of information. I think it is highly likely that such activity would come to light eventually. Clearly, a Secretary of State who had sanctioned that would know that, bluntly, their job was over.

The powers in the Bill are proportionate to their aims. They have appropriate safeguards, and more work will be done following the review. It is wrong to prejudge an independent review by constantly asking, “What happens if they say no?” To put it the other way around, what happens if they say yes? I do not think that the amendments are right at this stage. It is appropriate to retain these parts of the Bill, and that is certainly what I will vote to do.