House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 22 July (WA 281), what was the outcome of the recent review of official surveillance powers carried out by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.

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)

I believe the noble Lord is referring to the Lord President of the Council's Written Statement (Hansard, 22 July 2008; col. WS 143) that the Government were reviewing those public authorities that had access to covert investigatory powers to ensure that they had a continuing and justifiable requirement for them. The review will be completed shortly.

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