Restriction on requesting assistance under mutual assistance agreements etc.

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 12 April 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 10:30, 12 April 2016

I rise to make essentially the same point as I made on the previous clause, albeit more briefly. This is a good and right in principle clause to ensure that there are restrictions on requesting assistance under mutual assistance agreements, but again the sanction for breach is not entirely clear. That may be something that, under the umbrella that the Minister for Security just indicated, could be taken away to see what the enforcement regime is for these important safeguarding provisions.