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 Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 10:30, 12 April 2016

The hon. and learned Gentleman will know that this mutual legal assistance regime definitely benefits from statutory underpinning. It has become increasingly important. Sadly we have all learnt that relying just on good will or informal arrangements is no longer sufficient, which is why the international work that I know hon. Members are aware of, particularly negotiations with the United States, are so important in speeding up the process and making it ever more efficient, particularly in the light of all the political controversies we have been dealing with in recent days. I undertake to deal with the question that he raises, which I think we can deal with in an umbrella form as he suggests.