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Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill undergoes further Lords scrutiny

24 January 2024

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Members of the House of Lords completed their further examination of the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill, in report stage on Tuesday 23 January.

TheInvestigatory 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. 

Detailed scrutiny

Report stage is an extra chance for members to closely scrutinise elements of the bill and make changes.    

Proposed changes   

Members speaking at report stage put down amendments (PDF) to be considered on subjects including:

  • reporting to the Intelligence and Security Committee
  • personal data breaches.

Lords divisions 

There was one division (vote) on a proposed change to the bill.

Notifying a Judicial Commissioner

This vote was on amendment 1, which requires a person granting access to personal data in urgent cases to notify a Judicial Commissioner within 24 hours that they have done so.

Members voted 201 in favour and 227 against, so the change was not made.

Catch up 

Watch on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript. 

Explore further information

Find out more in the House of Lords Libary Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill briefing.

Next steps

Third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, is scheduled for Monday 30 January.

How to follow

What's happened so far?

Committee stage

Line-by-line examination of the bill took place during committee stage on Monday 11 and Wednesday 13 December 2024.

Second reading

Second reading, a full debate on the key principles of the bill, took place on Monday 20 November.

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