Power to issue bulk equipment interference warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 26 April 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 2:30, 26 April 2016

I beg to move amendment 695, in clause 156, page 122, line 34, leave out subsection (2)(b).

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

Amendment 696, in clause 156, page 122, line 37, leave out subsection (3)

Amendment 697, in clause 156, page 122, line 47, at end insert—

“(6) Where an application for the issue of a bulk equipment interference warrant includes the activities set out in section 154(4)(b) it may only be issued if the Secretary of State

(a) a specific investigation or a specific operation, or

(b) testing, maintaining or developing equipment, systems or other capabilities relating to the availability or obtaining of data.”