Section 17 — Functions of Chief Surveillance Commissioner

Part of 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 Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour 10:45 am, 7th September 2000

This is a group of technical amendments to the provisions that relate to the tribunal that was established by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which that act specifies will be the forum for complaints arising from authorisations under the bill. As with the commissioners and the National Criminal Intelligence Service, for the avoidance of doubt we seek to make it clear that we are not seeking in the bill to confer functions on the tribunal.

Amendment 62 makes it clear that the bill does not seek to specify what assistance the tribunal may require of the commissioner. Amendment 65 aims to remove any doubt that the right to complain to the tribunal is conferred by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, rather than by this bill. Amendment 70 makes it clear that the bill does not require the tribunal to take account of the codes of practice.

The other two amendments in this group, amendments 20 and 21, insert a missing "the" into the text, and correct the numerical reference to the section of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 that deals with the tribunal.

I move amendment 20.