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Surveillance

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests were (a) made and (b) granted to use powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by (i) each local authority and (ii) each NHS trust in England in (A) 2003-04 and (B) 2007-08. (291737)

The Government do not have figures for individual public authorities. The total number of requests for each covert investigative technique is available in the published, independent annual reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Chief Surveillance Commissioner. These give the following:

Table on covert investigatory powers authorised

Interception

2003

2007

Authorised by the Home Secretary or Scottish Executive

1,983

2,026

Communications data

2003

2007

By all public authorities

1

519,260

By local authorities

1

1,707

Intrusive Surveillance

2003/04

2007/08

By law enforcement agencies

447

355

Property interference

2003/04

2007/08

By law enforcement agencies

2,483

2,493

Directed surveillance

2003/04

2007/08

By law enforcement agencies

26,986

18,767

By other public authorities

6,398

9,535

CHIS

2003/04

2007/08

By law enforcement agencies

5,907

4,498

By other public authorities

273

234

1 Not given

Note:

Figures taken from annual reports from the relevant oversight Commissioner

The figures are not broken down further. Copies of the Commissioners' reports are in the House Library.