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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 26 April 2016

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Investigatory Powers Bill


 

[eleventh and twelfth Sittings]


 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Withdrawn  673

 

Clause  138,  page  109,  line  30,  leave out paragraph (c) and insert—

 

“(c)    

the Secretary of State considers the requirements of section 141 are met

 

by the warrant,”

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  674

 

Clause  138,  page  110,  line  1,  leave out subsection (b)

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  675

 

Clause  138,  page  110,  line  4,  leave out subsection (3)

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  614

 

Clause  138,  page  110,  line  8,  leave out subsection (4)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment leaves out provision that is not relevant in the context of bulk acquisition

 

warrants.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 26 April 2016          

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Investigatory Powers Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  676

 

Clause  138,  page  110,  line  46,  at end insert—

 

“(11)    

Where an application made by, or on behalf of, the Secretary of State includes the

 

activities set out in section 138(7)(b) or (c), a bulk acquisition warrant can only

 

be issued if the Secretary of State considers that selection for examination or

 

disclosure is—

 

(a)    

necessary for a purpose within subsection (12), or

 

(b)    

that it is necessary to obtain the data—

 

(i)    

for the purposes of a specific investigation or a specific

 

operation, or

 

(ii)    

for the purposes of testing, maintaining or developing

 

equipment, systems or other capabilities relating to the

 

availability or obtaining of data.

 

(12)    

A paragraph 11(a) purpose is—

 

(a)    

the interests of national security,

 

(b)    

preventing or detecting serious crime or of preventing serious disorder,

 

(c)    

the interests of public safety,

 

(d)    

protecting public health,

 

(e)    

preventing death or serious injury or any serious damage to one or more

 

person’s physical or mental health,

 

(f)    

assisting investigations into alleged miscarriages of justice,

 

(g)    

where a person (“P”) has died or is unable to identify themselves because

 

of a physical or mental condition—

 

(i)    

to assist in identifying P, or

 

(ii)    

to obtain information about P’s next of kin or other persons

 

connected with P or about the reason for P’s death or condition,

 

or

 

(h)    

exercising functions relating to—

 

(i)    

the regulation of financial services and markets, or

 

(ii)    

financial stability.”

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  554

 

Page  109,  line  20,  leave out Clause 138

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 26 April 2016          

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Investigatory Powers Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  677

 

Clause  139,  page  111,  line  3,  leave out “review the Secretary of State’s conclusions

 

as to the following matters” and insert “determine”

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  678

 

Clause  139,  page  111,  line  15,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Christian Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  532

 

Clause  139,  page  111,  line  16,  at end insert “but a Judicial Commissioner may not

 

approve a warrant unless he is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that

 

it is both necessary and proportionate to do so”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would clarify the judicial review process by ensuring that both the process and

 

underlying facts of an interception of communications warrant are considered by a Judicial

 

Commissioner.

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  555

 

Page  111,  line  1,  leave out Clause 139

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  556

 

Page  111,  line  24,  leave out Clause 140

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 26 April 2016          

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Investigatory Powers Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Withdrawn  680

 

Clause  141,  page  111,  line  35,  after “specify”, insert “by name or description the

 

person, persons or single set of premises to which it relates and”

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  681

 

Clause  141,  page  111,  line  39,  leave out “but the purposes may still be general

 

purposes” and insert “and any specification must be described in as much detail as is

 

reasonably practicable”

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  682

 

Clause  141,  page  111,  line  39,  leave out “but the purposes may still be general

 

purposes” and insert “The descriptions must specify—

 

(a)    

a basis for the reasonable suspicion that the target is connected to a

 

serious crime or a specific threat to national security,

 

(b)    

a high probability that evidence of the serious crime or specific threat to

 

national security will be obtained by the conduct authorised, and

 

(c)    

the manner in which all less intrusive methods of obtaining the

 

information sought have been exhausted or can be shown to be futile.”

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  683

 

Clause  141,  page  111,  line  41,  leave out “may” and insert “must”

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  557

 

Page  111,  line  29,  leave out Clause 141

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 26 April 2016          

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Investigatory Powers Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  684

 

Clause  142,  page  112,  line  7,  leave out “6” and insert “1”

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  558

 

Page  112,  line  5,  leave out Clause 142

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  615

 

Clause  143,  page  113,  line  2,  leave out “one or more”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 616.

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  559

 

Page  112,  line  13,  leave out Clause 143

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 


 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  616

 

Clause  144,  page  113,  line  21,  leave out “one or more”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes it clear that Clause 144(2)(b) only permits a bulk acquisition warrant to

 

be modified where, as a result of the modification, all the activities falling within Clause 138(7)(a)

 

which were authorised or required by the warrant cease to be so authorised or required.

 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  685

 

Clause  144,  page  113,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

may only be made if the Secretary of State considers that it is

 

proportionate to the purposes specified in the warrant.”


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 26 April 2016          

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Investigatory Powers Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Chris Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  686

 

Clause  144,  page  113,  line  46,  at end insert—

 

“(8A)    

A minor modification may only be made—

 

(a)    

if the Secretary of State or a senior official acting on behalf of the

 

Secretary of State considers that it is necessary on any of the grounds on

 

which they consider the warrant to be necessary (see section 121(1)(b)).

 

(b)    

if the Secretary of State considers that it is proportionate to the purposes

 

specified in the warrant.

 

(8B)    

Except where the Secretary of State considers that there is an urgent need to make

 

the modification, a minor modification has effect only if the decision to make the

 

modification is approved by a Judicial Commissioner.

 

(8C)    

In a case where any modification is sought under this section to which section

 

[NC2 Items subject to legal privilege] or section [NC11 Confidential and

 

privileged material] applies, section 97 (approval of warrants by Judicial

 

Commissioners) applies to a decision to modify a warrant as it applies in relation

 

to a decision to issue such a warrant (and accordingly any reference in that section

 

to the person who decided to issue the warrant is to be read as a reference to the

 

person who decided to modify it).”

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  617

 

Clause  144,  page  114,  line  9,  leave out “(urgent cases)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment 618.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  618

 

Clause  144,  page  114,  line  10,  leave out from beginning to “the” in line 15 and

 

insert—

 

“( )    

If it is not reasonably practicable for an instrument making a major modification

 

to be signed by the Secretary of State, the instrument may be signed by a senior

 

official designated by the Secretary of State for that purpose.

 

( )    

In such a case, the instrument making the modification must contain a statement

 

that—

 

(a)    

it is not reasonably practicable for the instrument to be signed by the

 

Secretary of State, and

 

(b)    

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment enables an instrument making a major modification of a bulk acquisition warrant

 

to be signed by a senior official in any case where it is not reasonably practicable for the Secretary

 

of State to sign it.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 26 April 2016          

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Investigatory Powers Bill, continued

 
 

Keir Starmer

 

Jo Stevens

 

Christian Matheson

 

Peter Kyle

 

Stephen Kinnock

 

Sue Hayman

 

Not called  525

 

Clause  144,  page  114,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(13)    

Any modification which constitutes the adding or varying any matter must be

 

approved by a Judicial Commissioner in accordance with section 139.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds the requirement to obtain approval from a Judicial Commissioner for any

 

modification which constitutes the adding or varying (but not removing) any matter for each type

 

of warrant.

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  560

 

Page  113,  line  13,  leave out Clause 144

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 


 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  561

 

Page  114,  line  20,  leave out Clause 145

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  619

 

Clause  146,  page  115,  line  17,  leave out “one or more”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential on amendment Agreed to  616.

 

Joanna Cherry

 

Gavin Newlands

 

Not selected  562

 

Page  115,  line  2,  leave out Clause 146

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to on division.

 



 
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