Clause 29 - Freedom of information: bodies dealing with security matters

Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 7 March 2024.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Thomas Tugendhat Thomas Tugendhat Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office is not, and never has been, a public authority within the scope of the Act. The lack of control over the onward disclosure of information related to the functions of the judicial commissioners raises security concerns and has the potential to compromise the IPC’s inspections, which are often, by their very nature, intrinsically sensitive. The clause would prevent sensitive intelligence being further disclosed under the FOIA once such information is supplied by IPCO to a public body.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 29 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.