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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 23rd March 2000

STANDING COMMITTEE F


REGULATION OF INVESTIGATORY POWERS BILL

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [14th March], as follows:—

Clauses 1 to 46, Schedule 1, Clauses 47 to 56, Schedule 2, Clauses 57 to 72, Schedules 3 and 4, Clause 73, New Clauses, New Schedules.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

65

Clause     7,     page     9,     leave out lines 12 to 14 and insert—

      '(a) by a judge; or

      (b) in a case falling within subsection (2), by the Secretary of State.'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

66

Clause     7,     page     9,     line     16,     leave out from 'case' to end of line 17.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

67

Clause     7,     page     9,     line     29,     leave out 'a senior official' and insert 'the Secretary of State'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

97

Clause     10,     page     11,     line     47,     leave out from 'State' to end of line.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

49

Clause     12,     page     13,     line     45,     after 'order', add ', a draft of which has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House,'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

50

Clause     12,     page     14,     line     27,     at end add—

      '(aa) such persons appearing to him to be consumers of public postal services or public telecommunications services,'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

51

Clause     12,     page     14,     line     28,     after '(a)', insert 'and (aa)'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

18

Clause     12,     page     14,     line     31,     at end insert—

    '(6A) Before giving a notice for the purposes of subsection (2) the Secretary of State shall obtain a certificate of technical approval from the Technical Approval Board.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

98

Clause     12,     page     14,     line     31,     at end insert—

    '( ) A person on whom a notice under subsection (2) is served may, within seven days from the date on which the notice is served, appeal to the Court.

    ( ) An appeal may be brought on any of the following grounds—

      (a) that such steps as may be specified or described in the notice are not technically competent for the purpose set out in subsection (1);

      (b) that such steps are not proportionate to the purpose set out in subsection (1); or

      (c) that such steps exceed what is necessary to achieve the purpose set out in subsection (1).

    ( ) On an appeal under this section, the Court may either cancel or affirm the notice, and, if it affirms it, may do so either in its original form or with such modifications as the Court may in the circumstances think fit.

    ( ) The Court to which an appeal may be made under this section shall be—

      (a) in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, the High Court, and

      (b) in Scotland, the Court of Session.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

19

Clause     12,     page     14,     line     47,     at end add—

    '(9) In this section "a certificate of technical approval" means a certificate in writing given by the Technical Approval Board to the effect that the steps specified or described in the notice would be—

      (a) technically competent for the purpose set out in subsection (1); and

      (b) proportionate thereto.'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

149

Clause     13,     page     15,     line     1,     leave out 'may, if he thinks fit' and insert 'shall'.


   

Mr Charles Clarke

54

Clause     17,     page     19,     line     3,     at end insert—

    '() Where any disclosure is proposed to be or has been made on the grounds that it is authorised by subsection (3), section 16(1) shall not prohibit the doing of anything in, or for the purposes of, so much of any legal proceedings as relates to the question whether that disclosure is or was so authorised.'.


   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

99

Clause     20,     page     22,     line     24,     leave out 'or notice granted or given' and insert 'granted or order made'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

150

Clause     20,     page     23,     leave out lines 1 to 3.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

151

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     13,     leave out 'designated for the purposes of this Chapter' and insert 'specified in section 6(2)'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

100

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     14,     leave out from 'necessary' to 'to' in line 15 and insert 'for the purpose of preventing or detecting serious crime'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

101

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     16,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Mr Harry Cohen

72

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     17,     leave out from 'if' to end of line 33 and insert—

    'failure to obtain the data would—

      (a) prejudice the purpose of safeguarding of national security;

      (b) prejudice the prevention or detection of crime;

      (c) prejudice the prosecution or apprehension of offenders;

      (d) prejudice the assessment or collection of any tax or duty;

      (e) cause serious harm to the physical or mental health of any individual; or

      (f) prejudice any purpose (not falling within paragraphs (a) to (e)) which is specified in an order made by the Secretary of State on the grounds that the purpose is necessary for reasons of the substantial public interest.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

152

Clause     21,     page     23,     leave out lines 19 to 33 and insert—

      '(b) for the purpose of preventing or detecting serious crime; and

      (c) for the purpose of safeguarding the economic well-being of the United Kingdom.'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

102

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     34,     after '(5),' insert ', on an application by'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

153

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     34,     leave out 'designated' and insert 'specified'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

103

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     34,     after 'person', insert ', a judge'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

104

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     35,     after 'for', insert 'the designated person or for'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

154

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     36,     leave out 'designated' and insert 'specified'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

105

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     37,     at end insert '; and the application shall (unless the judge directs otherwise) be—

      (a) made on notice to the person providing a postal service or telecommunications service to which the proposed conduct relates, and

      (b) heard in secret.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

155

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     38,     leave out 'designated' and insert 'specified'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

156

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     40,     leave out 'designated' and insert 'specified'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

106

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     40,     leave out ', by' and insert 'make an application to a judge on'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

107

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     41,     leave out 'require' and insert 'for an order requiring'.

   

Mr Richard Allan
Mr A. J. Beith

108

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     43,     after 'to', insert 'take reasonable steps to'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

20

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     46,     at end insert—

    '(4A) Where it appears to the designated person that a postal or telecommunications operator is not or may not be in possession of, but is or may be capable of obtaining any communications data, the designated person shall not give a notice under subsection (4) unless he has obtained a certificate of technical capability from the Technical Approval Board.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Peter Luff

21

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     46,     at end insert—

    '(4B) In this section "a certificate of technical capability" means a certificate in writing given by The Technical Approval Board to the effect that the postal or telecommunications operator—

      (a) is technically capable of obtaining the communications data, or

      (b) could be technically capable of obtaining the communications data if certain steps were taken, and the certificate—

          (i) specifies or describes such steps; and

          (ii) certifies that the taking of such steps would be proportionate to what is sought to be achieved by so obtaining the data.'.

 
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