Offence of making unauthorised disclosures

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:00 pm ar 14 Ebrill 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 3:00, 14 Ebrill 2016

The purpose of the amendment is to state clearly on the record what the safe route is for whistleblowers. There are similar versions in other legislation, including the Official Secrets Act, and the absolute prohibition causes great concern to those who want to expose iniquity. In certain cases and places, the safe route for a whistleblower has been explained. The challenge on the table for the Minister is recognising the concerns and anxieties of those who want to disclose wrongdoing where it is in the public interest for them to do so. There must be a safe route for them. If not this, what is the route? In support of that way of putting it, I pray in aid the Joint Committee recommendation that there ought to be amendment to make it clearer for those who need to know what the route is.