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Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in relation to terrorist cases. (203823)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (‘RIPA’) introduced for the first time a regulatory framework for the use by public bodies of the covert investigative techniques necessary for carrying out their statutory functions. RIPA requires that authorisation of covert investigatory techniques is consistent with ECHR Article 8 principles, relating to the necessity and proportionality of their use in each case. It also establishes safeguards such as independent Commissioners to oversee the use by public bodies of covert investigatory techniques, and an independent Investigatory Powers Tribunal to investigate complaints. The Security and Intelligence Agencies and the Law Enforcement Agencies comply with the requirements of the Act in all investigations requiring the use of covert investigatory techniques, including terrorist investigations.