Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th September 2008.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

A unit within the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) is responsible for supporting the Home Secretary in her consideration of applications for lawful interception warrants and for issuing notices under Section 12 of RIPA to communications service providers requiring the provision of technical capabilities to facilitate lawful interception. It also sponsors the Technical Advisory Board, an arm's-length body established under Part 1 of RIPA to hear industry concerns about the Section 12 notices.

The scheme, whereby industry is provided with a fair contribution towards the costs incurred in complying with requirements to support lawful interception, is administered from within OSCT.

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