Approval of warrants by Judicial Commissioners

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:00 pm ar 21 Ebrill 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 4:00, 21 Ebrill 2016

The amendments are in a familiar form as they are the same as the amendments I have tabled for all the clauses that deal with the approval of warrants by judicial commissioners. The arguments are the same so I shall not rehearse them, save to say that we are moving to a different kind of warrant—a bulk warrant—and where the power is now avowed and the safeguards are being put in place, it is particularly important that the judicial commissioners’ scrutiny is tight. The amendments would provide that tight scrutiny.

Nevertheless, I am not going to persuade anybody who is yet unpersuaded by repeating the arguments. They are essentially the same and they have been consistent throughout the Bill. If there is to be any change on the judicial test, it needs to be consistent throughout the Bill, one way or another.