A House of Commons Public Bill Committee has been set up in order to give detailed scrutiny to the Investigatory Powers Bill that was unveiled on 1 March 2016 and given its second reading on 15 March.  A good deal of written evidence to that committee was published last week.

I was the first witness to be examined by the Public Bill Committee, on 24 March 2016.¬†¬†A¬† transcript of my 25-minute evidence has been published on the Committee’s website, and¬†most of it is captured on¬†video.

Later on 24 March, I submitted written evidence to the Public Bill Committee in order to¬†expand¬†upon some of the points touched on in my oral evidence and to raise some new points.¬† That written evidence is published here for the first time. Read more…

My evidence on the Bill

For the second time in a week, I gave evidence to a parliamentary committee on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill.¬† The Bill,¬†fast-tracked as is often the fate of counter-terrorism legislation,¬†completed its second reading in the House of Commons yesterday.¬† Subjects covered include TPIMs, temporary exclusion orders, passport removal and the value (if any) of the Independent Reviewer. Read more…

The JCHR asked me along this morning, with Ben Emmerson QC, to answer some wide-ranging questions on counter-terrorism and¬†human rights.¬† Originally planned as a private session to inform the JCHR’s future work programme, this evolved into a public hearing. Read more…