Modification of warrants

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 26 April 2016.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 5:15, 26 April 2016

The amendments will make it possible for an instrument that makes a major modification to a bulk personal dataset warrant, to add or vary an operational purpose, to be signed by a senior official as a provision for situations in which it is not reasonably practicable for the Secretary of State to sign it. The amendments are very similar to others we have made. Obviously the Secretary of State will make the decision, but in his or her absence an official will be authorised to sign the instrument. I therefore commend the amendment to the Committee.