Investigatory Powers Bill — Clause 15 — Warrants for the Interception or Examination of the Communications of an Organisation — 6 Jun 2016 at 23:01
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted to allow a warrant for the interception or examination of communications to apply to an organisation's communications, rather than just to specific individuals or premises.
The majority of MPs voted to allow a warrant for the interception or examination of communications to apply to an organisation's communications, rather than just to specific individuals or premises.
MPs were considering the Investigatory Powers Bill.
The amendment rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:
- Amendment: 267, page 12, line 3, leave out “or organisation”
The amendment was accompanied by an explanatory note stating:
- These amendments would retain the capacity of a single warrant to permit the interception of multiple individuals but would require an identifiable subject matter or premises to be provided. This narrows the current provisions which would effectively permit a limitless number of unidentified individuals to have their communications intercepted.
Had it not been rejected the amendment would have impacted Clause 15 of the Bill titled Subject-matter of warrants which began:
- (1) A warrant under this Chapter may relate to—
- (a) a particular person or organisation, or
- (b) a single set of premises.
- (2) In addition, a targeted interception warrant or targeted examination warrant may relate to—
- (a) a group of persons who share a common purpose or who carry on, or may carry on, a particular activity;
- (b) more than one person or organisation, or more than one set of premises, where the conduct authorised or required by the warrant is for the purposes of a single investigation or operation;
- (c) testing or training activities.
The clause relates to warrants for the interception of communications, or the examination of the content of communications already obtained. The amendment would have prevented a warrant applying to an organisation.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Investigatory Powers Bill
-  Clause 15 of the Bill as at the time of the vote
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||263 (+2 tell)||1||0||80.6%|
|SNP||0||50 (+2 tell)||0||96.3%|
|David Davis||Haltemprice and Howden||Con||aye|