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Telephone Tapping

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will estimate the number of times unauthorised monitoring of telephone conversations has taken place since 2005; (204119)

(2) how many times Ministers authorised (a) telephone tapping and (b) telephone tapping of solicitors’ conversations with their clients in 2007;

(3) how many times the monitoring of solicitors’ conversations with their clients has been authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

This is a matter for the independent Interception of Communications Commissioner. The Commissioner’s annual published reports on his findings are available in the Library.