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Volume 706: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 15 October 2008 (WA 56), whether the review of those public authorities that had access to covert investigatory powers has been completed; if so, whether they will publish the full results; and what action has been or will be taken upon them. [HL631]

My right honourable 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.

The consultation is planned for early this year and the outcome of the consultation will be made public.