To ask the Prime Minister when the commissioner appointed under the Interception of Communications Act 1985 will present his annual report; and if she will make a statement.
A copy of Lord Justice Lloyd's fourth annual report, for 1989 has been laid before the House today in accordance with section 8(7) of the Interception of Communications Act 1985. The confidential appendix to the report has been excluded from that copy in accordance with section 8(8) of the 1985 Act. I am grateful to the commissioner for his work in keeping under review the issue of warrants and note that he remains satisfied that the Secretaries of State involved continue to exercise the greatest care in issuing warrants. Careful consideration is being given to the whole of the commissioner's report.