Clause 100 - International co-operation

Part of Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 13 January 2005.

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Photo of Paul Farrelly Paul Farrelly Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme 5:00, 13 January 2005

Just before we leave part 2 and the Government amendment, I wanted to mention that one capability is omitted from part 2 that has played a vital role in dismantling organised crime syndicates around the world, not least the Mafia in the United States. It is the power to use wire-tap evidence in court. I do not want to detain the Committee, but I do not know whether legislation is needed for wire-tap evidence to be admissible in court. Could the Minister pay some serious attention to that and perhaps write to me?