Approval of warrants by Judicial Commissioners

Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 26 April 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 2:45, 26 April 2016

I beg to move amendment 698, in clause 157, page 123, line 3, leave out from “must” to end of line and insert “determine”.

With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 699, in clause 157, page 123, line 15, leave out subsection (2).

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

Having tested the patience of the Committee on the point I was labouring on the last amendment—which I think is important, even if I am alone in that—I can indicate that these and the other amendments following in this chapter are all similar to previous amendments. I will deal with them quickly.

Amendments 698 and 699 deal with the test for the judicial commissioner. If it is helpful, I can indicate to the Solicitor General in advance that, having been round the track on this issue, I am not going to repeat the arguments or press them to a vote, because of the discussions we have been having.

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Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.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 1.

Division number 72 Christmas Tree Industry — Approval of warrants by Judicial Commissioners

Aye: 9 MPs

No: 1 MP

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly agreed to.

Clause 157 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 158