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Home Department written question – answered on 8th March 2011.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made on the Intercept Modernisation Programme; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office) , The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

holding answer 4 March 2011

The Interception Modernisation Programme was a programme set up under the last Government. As made clear in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Government will continue to build on an existing programme of work to preserve the ability of the law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies to obtain communications data and to intercept communications within the appropriate legal framework. We will legislate to ensure this is compatible with the Government's approach to civil liberties and use of communications capabilities. As set out in the Home Office's Structural Reform Plan, details of this legislation will be announced in Parliament in due course.

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