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Lords concludes examination of Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill

31 January 2024

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Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill had its third reading, a chance for members to make sure the eventual law is effective, workable and without loopholes, on Tuesday 30 January.

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.

Third reading

Third reading is the chance for members to ‘tidy up' a bill, making small changes to ensure it is effective.   

No amendments (changes) were put forward ahead of third reading. Members discussed the progress of the bill at the conclusion of its stages through the House of Lords. 

Catch up

Watch or read the debate

Explore further information 

Read background on the bill in the House of Lords Library briefing.

Next steps

Following completion of third reading, the bill now passes to the House of Commons for its consideration.

What's happened so far?

Report stage

Further detailed examination of the bill took place during report stage on Tuesday 23 January.

Committee stage

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

Second reading

Members discussed the principles of the draft law during the bill's second reading on Monday 20 November.

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