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Royal Assent: Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill signed into law

12 February 2019

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The Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February 2019. It becomes the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019.

What is the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019?

The Act allows law enforcement agencies to apply for a UK court order to get stored electronic data directly from a company or person based outside the UK.

The Act received Royal Assent on 12 February 2019, having completed all its parliamentary stages. Parts of the Act commence (come into force) immediately while other parts commence later.

You can follow its passage, from first reading to Act of Parliament, below.

The Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019: Parliamentary passage

You can find explanatory information, bill documents, impartial supporting research and links to transcripts and video of proceedings in both Houses of Parliament:

What is Royal Assent?

Once a bill has completed all the parliamentary stages in both Houses, it is ready to receive Royal Assent. This is when the Queen formally agrees to make the bill into an Act of Parliament (law).

There is no set time period between the end of a bill's passage through Parliament and Royal Assent.

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