Restriction on requesting interception by overseas authorities

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:30 am ar 12 Ebrill 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 10:30, 12 Ebrill 2016

I have a probing question. It is right to include a provision that makes it clear that the UK authorities cannot evade the protections and safeguards in the Bill by requesting that a foreign authority carry out on their behalf the interception of materials relating to a person in the UK. That is right in principle and we support that. It may be my limitation in going through the provisions in recent weeks, but I am not sure whether there is a sanction for failure to adhere to the clause’s provisions. In other words, it is good that it is there, but I am not sure whether anything formal will happen if it is not followed. Will the Minister answer that now or at least give some consideration to that?

The clause is important and right in principle, but I cannot find a sanction for failing to comply with it and there probably ought to be one. If it is somewhere else in the Bill, I will defer to those who know it better than I do.