Investigatory Powers Bill

Explanatory Notes

What these notes do 

These Explanatory Notes relate to the Investigatory Powers Bill as introduced in the House of Commons on 19 May 2016 (Bill 2).

· These Explanatory Notes have been produced by the Home Office in order to assist the reader of the Bill and to help inform debate on it. They do not form part of the Bill and have not been endorsed by Parliament.

· These Explanatory Notes explain what each part of the Bill will mean in practice; provide background information on the development of policy; and provide additional information on how the Bill will affect existing legislation in this area.

· These Explanatory Notes might best be read alongside the Bill. They are not, and are not intended to be, a comprehensive description of the Bill.


Prepared 18th May 2016