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.
My written evidence of 24 March 2016 cross-refers also to my written evidence of January 2016 to the Joint Committee that¬†sat between November¬†2015 and February 2016¬†to look at the Investigatory Powers Bill in draft. ¬†That evidence (which supplemented my oral evidence of 2 December 2015) set out the conclusions to which I came and did not come in my June 2015 report, A Question of Trust, on the operational case for bulk powers.¬† An account of the scrutiny of the draft Bill, with links to my evidence on¬†it, is here.
The documents of chief relevance to the Bill are collected here.
You can follow the progress of the Investigatory Powers Bill, which is expected¬†to complete its parliamentary passage in late 2016,¬†here.
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