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Commissioner approval for authorisations to identify or confirm journalistic sources

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:11 pm on 7th June 2016.

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Amendments made: 49, page 54, line 10, leave out

“made an order under this section approving”

and insert “approved”.

This amendment removes the need for a Judicial Commissioner to make an order when approving an authorisation under Part 3 to identify or confirm journalistic sources.

Amendment 50, page 54, line 12, leave out

“an order under this section approving”

and insert “approval of”.

This amendment is consequential on amendment 49.

Amendment 51, page 54, line 25, at end insert—

“( ) In considering whether the position is as mentioned in subsection (5)(a) and (b), the Judicial Commissioner must, in particular, have regard to—

(a) the public interest in protecting a source of journalistic information, and

(b) the need for there to be another overriding public interest before a relevant public authority seeks to identify or confirm a source of journalistic information.”

This amendment requires a Judicial Commissioner to have regard, in particular, to the public interest in protecting a source of journalistic information when deciding whether to approve an authorisation under Part 3 to identify or confirm a journalistic source.

Amendment 52, page 54, line 27, leave out “make an order quashing” and insert “quash”.—(The Solicitor General.)

This amendment removes the need for a Judicial Commissioner to make an order when quashing an authorisation under Part 3 to identify or confirm journalistic sources where the Commissioner has refused to approve the grant of the authorisation.

Clause 78