Implementation of warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 21 April 2016.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 4:30, 21 April 2016

Again, we note that the amendments are similar to previous amendments. We still say that they are unnecessary. The clauses already provide safeguards so that any bulk warrant may be implemented only to the extent required for the purpose for which the warrant was issued. For example, in relation to bulk interception in clause 119(4) and (5), a warrant may only authorise conduct that is described in the warrant or conduct that

“it is necessary to undertake in order to do what is expressly authorised or required by the warrant”.

That clearly sets out the scope of the authorised conduct. Well-intentioned though the amendments are, we submit that they are unnecessary.