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Clause 18

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 29th April 2008.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Liberal Democrat, Somerton and Frome 5:15 pm, 29th April 2008

The Minister has been helpful in setting out the scope of the clause, and the example of the French police was extremely useful. I wonder at what point the adverb “lawfully” applies in qualification of “obtained or acquired” in section (3)(c). Clearly, it is lawful for the British security service or police lawfully to obtain or acquire information that has unlawfully been obtained or acquired by a law enforcement agency under another jurisdiction. Does “lawfully” apply to the source or simply to the point of acquisition by the British law enforcement authority?