Approval of major modifications made in urgent cases

Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 21 April 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 4:15, 21 April 2016

I beg to move amendment 671, in clause 129, page 102, line 41, leave out

“ending with the fifth working day after the day on which” and insert “of 48 hours after”.

Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Labour, Ynys Môn

With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 672, in clause 129, page 102, line 41, leave out

“ending with the fifth working day after the day on which” and insert “of 24 hours after”.

Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office)

Again, this is familiar territory. The clause deals with the approval of major modifications in urgent cases and we quarrel over the time that should be allowed for the steps to be taken. We advanced the same arguments earlier today and they have not changed— nor, I think, will the outcome. We advance the principle that five days is too long and it should be a shorter period. The Government do not accept that principle. We advance the same argument about this safeguard as we do throughout about the basket of safeguards.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

As the hon. and learned Gentleman’s arguments are the same, my arguments, as he anticipates, are the same. Bearing in mind the sensitive nature of these matters, we do not want decisions to be rushed and, accordingly, we resist the amendment.

Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office)

I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Question put, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

The Committee divided:

Ayes 9, Noes 2.

Division number 44 Christmas Tree Industry — Approval of major modifications made in urgent cases

Aye: 9 MPs

No: 2 MPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly agreed to.

Clause 129 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 130