Renewal of warrants

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

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 2:45, 26 April 2016

I beg to move amendment 620, in clause 163, page 126, line 6, at end insert—

This drafting amendment is for consistency with clauses 127 and 143.

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendment 621.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

Briefly, these are minor drafting amendments that mirror drafting in an equivalent interception provision in clause 127. The amendment makes no changes to the bulk equipment interference regime itself. It is a minor discrepancy and we want to try to ensure drafting consistency as much as possible. We are mindful that the Committee has attached particular importance to that issue. Here is an instance of the Government making sure that in this example we are doing just as encouraged.

Amendment 620 agreed to.

Amendment made: 621, in clause 163, page 126, line 31, at end insert—

“This is subject to subsection (5).”—(The Solicitor General.)

This drafting amendment is for consistency with clauses 127 and 143

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

The Committee divided:

Ayes 9, Noes 1.

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Aye: 9 MPs

No: 1 MP

Aye: A-Z by last name

No: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly agreed to.

Clause 163, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 164