Subject-matter of warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 19 April 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 6:15, 19 April 2016

I am grateful to the Minister for setting out his case in that way. To be clear, particularly in relation to his last point, I do not think that anyone is suggesting that those powers should not be available. The discussion is about whether they are rightly described as thematic warrants or whether they are, in truth, bulk warrants, which operate in different ways and have different safeguards, procedures and processes to go through. I do not want our challenging and probing to be portrayed as somehow to undermine the work that has to be done by law enforcement and others in real time, often in difficult circumstances.

That said, this is an important issue. I have listened to what has been said and I want to preserve the position. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.