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Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 19th July 2016.

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Photo of Lord Paddick Lord Paddick Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 4:30 pm, 19th July 2016

I am grateful for the noble Earl’s explanation. The noble Lord, Lord King of Bridgwater, raised this important concern that people have about the range of public authorities that will be able to access this data. There is a real concern that the Secretary of State by regulation can simply add to the list included in the Bill. As a general principle, to have provisions in a Bill in order—to quote the noble Earl —to future-proof it, even if those are unlikely to be used, is not the ideal way forward. However, the enhanced affirmative procedure does give some reassurance on that issue.

On the other matters, I will read carefully what the noble Earl has said, but at this point I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 145 withdrawn.

Amendment 146 not moved.

Clause 67 agreed.

Clause 68 agreed.

Amendment 146A not moved.

Clause 69: Local authorities as relevant public authorities

Amendment 147 not moved.

Clause 69 agreed.

Clauses 70 to 72 agreed.