Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill debated in the Lords
21 November 2023
On Monday 20 November the purpose and aims of the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill were debated by members of the House of Lords.
The Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill will amend the existing Investigatory Powers Act 2016 to ensure the UK's investigatory framework is equipped to deal with current and emerging threats.
Debate on the draft law
Members discussed topics including judicial commissioners, approval and issuing of warrants, intelligence services and data retention.
Lord Sharpe of Epsom (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home Office, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Lord Carlile of Berriew (Crossbench), former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
- Lord Coaker (Labour), trustee of the Human Trafficking Foundation
- Lord Evans of Weardale (Crossbench), former Director-General of the UK Security Service (MI5)
- Lord Murphy of Torfaen (Labour), former chair of Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Joint Committee 2015-16.
- Watch the debate on Parliament TV.
- Read the Lords Hansard transcript.
- Find out more in the House of Lords Libary Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill briefing.
Committee stage, the first chance for line by line examination of the bill, is yet to be scheduled.
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