Modification of warrants

Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 26 April 2016.

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Amendments made: 616, in clause 144, page 113, line 21, leave out “one or more”.

This amendment makes it clear that Clause 144(2)(b) only permits a bulk acquisition warrant to be modified where, as a result of the modification, all the activities falling within Clause 138(7)(a) which were authorised or required by the warrant cease to be so authorised or required.

Amendment 617, in clause 144, page 114, line 9, leave out “(urgent cases)”.

This amendment is consequential on amendment 618.

Amendment 618, in clause 144, page 114, line 10, leave out from beginning to “the” in line 15 and insert—

“( ) If it is not reasonably practicable for an instrument making a major modification to be signed by the Secretary of State, the instrument may be signed by a senior official designated by the Secretary of State for that purpose.

( ) In such a case, the instrument making the modification must contain a statement that—

(a) it is not reasonably practicable for the instrument to be signed by the Secretary of State, and

(b) ”.—

This amendment enables an instrument making a major modification of a bulk acquisition warrant to be signed by a senior official in any case where it is not reasonably practicable for the Secretary of State to sign it.

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

The Committee divided:

Ayes 8, Noes 2.

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Aye: 8 MPs

No: 2 MPs

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly agreed to.

Clause 144, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 145