Section 17 — Functions of Chief Surveillance Commissioner

Part of Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:00 am on 7th September 2000.

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Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour 11:00 am, 7th September 2000

Michael Matheson and Christine Grahame raised one or two issues there. The debate about whether the terminology should be "may" or "is appropriate" is interesting, because neither is a terribly precise form of language. "May" is an enabling term, whereas "is appropriate" is perhaps more a term of judgment.

I appreciate the point that Michael Matheson seeks to make, but the Executive is not persuaded that the amendment would make a material difference to the way in which the tribunal operates or that it would hamper the tribunal's capacity to fulfil its purpose. I am happy to consider the possibility of addressing the issue in part when we consider the code of practice and any final guidance to be issued. I can give that undertaking, but I cannot at this stage give an undertaking that we will bring forward anything specific or concrete. However, I will ensure that we approach the matter with an open mind.

Amendment 20 agreed to.

Amendment 62 moved—[Angus MacKay].