Members of the House of Lords discussed four draft regulations relating to the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 on Thursday 1 February.
These draft regulations will bring into force five Codes of Practice
under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 relating to the bulk acquisition of communications data, equipment interference, national security notices, and the intelligence services’ retention and use of bulk personal datasets.
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative), minister in the Home Office, proposed that the House of Lords agree to each of the four regulations.
How do these regulations become law?
These regulations are subject to the affirmative procedure, which means both the House of Lords and the House of Commons must agree to each. Members can choose to oppose a regulation. Draft regulations cannot be amended.
These regulations were laid before both Houses of Parliament on 18 December 2017.
Image: House of Lords 2018 / Photography by Roger Harris