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Police: Recordings

Home Department written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what conditions the police may legally tape record a meeting between a solicitor and their client without seeking prior consent from both parties.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

It would not be legal for the police to record a meeting between a detainee and their legal representative except under certain, very limited, circumstances, as set out in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. These include matters relating to national security or the protection of public safety where the use of covert surveillance is likely to yield intelligence necessary to counter a serious threat. This would need to be authorised by a chief constable and would require the approval of a surveillance commissioner.

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