General definitions

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:00 pm on 3 May 2016.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 7:00, 3 May 2016

The hon. and learned Lady puts her case with her customary spirit and brio, if I may say so, but despite her attempts to persuade me, I am concerned that if we seek to narrow the definition in the way the amendment would, the sort of unintended consequences that I know the hon. and learned Lady would be very reluctant to see happen might flow. We should not, in the context of primary legislation, start to define what is better explained in other ways. For that reason, I urge her to withdraw the amendment.