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Investigatory Powers Bill - Committee (3rd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 19th July 2016.

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Photo of Lord Strasburger Lord Strasburger Liberal Democrat 5:45 pm, 19th July 2016

My Lords, I thank the House for an interesting and lively debate, which this subject absolutely deserves. I am somewhat disconcerted by an assertion made by the Minister and one or two other noble Lords. Just because the Bill has been heavily scrutinised—I fully recognise that, and if it is the most scrutinised Bill in the history of this House, so be it—it does not mean that we should abandon our role in this House. We have six days in Committee; are we wasting our time attempting to honestly and genuinely scrutinise the Bill before the House? I do not think so. I will save most of my responses to the debate for Report. I will just say quickly to my noble friend Lord Carlile that there is a world of difference between communications data on mobile networks and internet connection records. I will leave it at that for now, and I am happy to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 147A withdrawn.

Clause 73: Commissioner approval for authorisations to identify or confirm journalistic sources

Amendment 148 not moved.

Clause 73 agreed.

Clause 74 agreed.

Clause 75: Collaboration agreements: supplementary

Amendment 149 not moved.

Clause 75 agreed.

Clause 76 agreed.

Clause 77: Lawfulness of conduct authorised by this Part