Section 16 — Cancellations of authorisations

Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:45 am on 7th September 2000.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid Scottish National Party 10:45 am, 7th September 2000

We move now to amendment 19, on authorisation for cancellation by deputy.

Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Amendment 19 is a tidying-up amendment. Section 16(3) provides that an authorising officer's deputy is under an obligation to cancel an authorisation for surveillance if he or she believes that the authorisation no longer satisfies the requirements of the bill. At present, the section does not qualify that obligation by indicating that the necessity to cancel arises only in the absence of the deputy's superior who granted or renewed the authorisation. The purpose of the amendment is to qualify the obligation.

I move amendment 19.

Amendment 19 agreed to.

Amendments 60 and 61 moved—[Angus MacKay]—and agreed to.