Duty not to make unauthorised disclosures

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:15 pm ar 21 Ebrill 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 2:15, 21 Ebrill 2016

I will deal with these amendments swiftly. They deal with the reasonable excuse defence and are similar to previous amendments. I foreshadow the amendments to clause 116, which essentially relates to the same issue as clause 114. Those amendment are about a public interest defence, which we have also debated already.

My two points remain. The first is the consistency of the reasonable excuse defence. In some clauses it is there and in others it is not, and I cannot see the logic of when it is in and when it is out. Secondly, the Minister has already agreed that there must be a route for those who want to expose wrongdoing, so that disclosures can be made in the public interest where necessary. I have been pursuing those two points, and they are the same for this provision. I do not need to elaborate further.