Informers: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 27 February (HL13696), whether they intend to require the relevant public authorities to report any increase in the number of juvenile covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) used to combat drug crime following the extension of the authorisation period for juvenile CHIS to four months.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 created the role of Investigatory Powers Commissioner, who has oversight of all investigatory powers, including the use, by public authorities empowered under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, of covert human intelligence sources. Lord Justice Fulford, the current Commissioner, remarked in his inaugural annual report that his report addresses a number of issues, including “statistics on the use of relevant investigatory powers”.

The Noble Lady is aware of his commitment to report on the matter of juvenile covert human intelligence sources in more detail this year, including providing more detailed statistics. The Commissioner has said that he will consider how best to report on the issue going forward, and his next annual report will provide further detail of how this matter is being kept under review.

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