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Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to Lord Stoddart of Swindon of 15 October 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column 56WA, on surveillance, what the terms of reference are of the review of public authorities' use of powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; who is conducting the review; and what evidence is being taken to inform the review. (256499)

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced on 16 December that the Government would consult on a number of changes proposed to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), including which public authorities can use RIPA powers and for what purposes. The consultation is planned for early this year and the outcome of the consultation will also be made public.