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Investigatory Powers Tribunal

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has heard since its establishment; and how many of these were upheld. (270069)

Information on the number of complaints made and upheld is given in the published annual reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Intelligence Services Commissioner. Figures for 2008 are not yet available but the relevant figures from the published reports from 2001-07 are summarised in the following table:

Applications received

Investigations concluded

2 October to 31 December 2001

102

71

1 January to 31 December 2002

130

94

1 January to 31 December 2003

109

100

1 January to 31 December 2004

90

115

1 January to 31 December 2005

80

93

1 January to 31 December 2006

86

81

1 January to 31 December 2007

66

83

The reports show that since 2001 the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has made a determination—in 2005—in favour of two complainants who lodged a joint complaint. Copies of the Commissioners' reports are in the House Library.