Investigatory Powers Bill — Clause 18 — Interception and Examination Warrants — Economic and National Security Grounds — Persons Outside British Islands — 6 Jun 2016 at 23:01

The majority of MPs voted to allow warrants permitting obtaining and examining the content of communications on economic and national security grounds where the information sought relates to the acts or intentions of persons outside the British Islands.

MPs were considering the Investigatory Powers Bill.[1]

The amendment rejected in this vote was:

  • Amendment 312, page 14, line 22, leave out paragraph (c).

An explanatory note covering this and another related amendment[2] stated:

  • These amendments would require that there is reasonable suspicion of serious crime for a warrant authorising interception and delete the separate subsection relating to economic well-being of the UK

Had the amendment not been rejected it would have impacted Clause 18(2)[3] of the Bill which stated:

  • (2) A targeted interception warrant or targeted examination warrant is necessary on grounds falling within this section if it is necessary—
  • (a) in the interests of national security,
  • (b) for the purpose of preventing or detecting serious crime, or
  • (c) in the interests of the economic well-being of the United Kingdom so far as those interests are also relevant to the interests of national security (but see subsection (4)).

Subsection (4) which was referred to stated:

  • (4) A warrant may be considered necessary as mentioned in subsection (2)(c) only if the information which it is considered necessary to obtain is information relating to the acts or intentions of persons outside the British Islands.

“British Islands” means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.[4]


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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
Con263 (+2 tell) 0080.3%
DUP6 0075.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent0 1033.3%
Lab1 201.3%
LDem0 7087.5%
PC0 30100.0%
SDLP0 2066.7%
SNP0 50 (+2 tell)096.3%
UUP2 00100.0%
Total:272 66053.2%

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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