Safeguards relating to the retention and disclosure of data

Part of Investigatory Powers Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 11:00 am ar 26 Ebrill 2016.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Shadow Minister (Home Office) 11:00, 26 Ebrill 2016

I have raised this issue before so I will not take much time on it now. I said previously and heard no contrary position put in the debate that in this chapter dealing with bulk acquisition warrants there is no specific provision for legal professional privilege for journalistic material or for communications with MPs. The Bill contains no guidance on how those categories of material are to be protected, if at all. New clause 15 deals with legal privilege. I have previously made points on the subject and I know the Solicitor General is looking at legal privilege generally. I simply ask that this be taken under the umbrella of consideration of privilege, so that however it is applied throughout the Bill there is consistency of approach that safeguards privilege properly. I do not intend to push the amendment to a vote at this stage.