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Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill debated in the Lords

21 November 2023

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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

During second reading, members discussed the main topics in the bill and highlighted concerns or specific areas where they think amendments (changes) are needed.

Members discussed topics including judicial commissioners, approval and issuing of warrants, intelligence services and data retention.

Members speaking 

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:

Catch up

Next steps

Committee stage, the first chance for line by line examination of the bill, is yet to be scheduled.

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