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Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 19th July 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Butler-Sloss Baroness Butler-Sloss Crossbench 5:15 pm, 19th July 2016

My Lords, I have not spoken at all on this Bill so far but I should like to make a practical point following what the noble Lord, Lord Carlile, and previous speakers have said. I speak as a former family judge who over the years has been very involved in safeguarding. One of the most important things is to be sure that the police—it is really the police that we are talking about, rather than the security services—have all the tools that they can possibly have to be able to convince a jury, on a prosecution, that a really serious crime has been committed. If this is going to catch even more paedophiles I endorse it, and I hope the House will agree with me.