Investigatory Powers Bill — Notifying People Who Have Been Subject to Investigatory Techniques Covered by the Bill — 6 Jun 2016 at 20:01

The majority of MPs voted against notifying people who have had their communications intercepted, communications data examined, or have been subjected to other investigatory techniques covered by the Bill that this activity occurred.

Notification would be postponed if notification may defeat the purposes of an on-going serious crime or national security operation or investigation.

MPs were considering the Investigatory Powers Bill.[1]

The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled: Notification by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner and stated:

  • “(1) The Investigatory Powers Commissioner is to notify the subject or subjects of investigatory powers relating to the statutory functions identified in section 196, subsections (1), (2) and (3), including—
  • (a) the interception or examination of communications,
  • (b) the retention, accessing or examination of communications data or secondary data,
  • (c) equipment interference,
  • (d) access or examination of data retrieved from a bulk personal dataset,
  • (e) covert human intelligence sources,
  • (f) entry or interference with property.
  • (2) The Investigatory Powers Commissioner must only notify subjects of investigatory powers under subsection (1) upon completion of the relevant conduct or the cancellation of the authorisation or warrant.
  • (3) The notification under subsection (1) must be sent by writing within thirty days of the completion of the relevant conduct or cancellation of the authorisation or warrant.
  • (4) The Investigatory Powers Commissioner must issue the notification under subsection (1) in writing, including details of—
  • (a) the conduct that has taken place, and
  • (b) the provisions under which the conduct has taken place, and
  • (c) any known errors that took place within the course of the conduct.
  • (5) The Investigatory Powers Commissioner may postpone the notification under subsection (1) beyond the time limit under subsection (3) if the Commissioner assesses that notification may defeat the purposes of an on-going serious crime or national security operation or investigation.
  • (6) The Investigatory Powers Commissioner must consult with the person to whom the warrant is addressed in order to fulfil an assessment under subsection (5)


Debate in Parliament |

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con269 (+2 tell) 0082.1%
DUP6 0075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1033.3%
Lab1 201.3%
LDem0 6 (+1 tell)087.5%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 49 (+1 tell)092.6%
UUP2 00100.0%
Total:278 64053.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Chris EvansIslwynLab (minister)no

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