Following the horrific terrorist attacks on Nice last week, on Monday the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP, gave a statement to the House on the UKs preparedness for a terrorist attack.
I asked the Home Secretary how soon we will have the Investigatory Powers Bill on the statute books to ensure that we have the powers needed to tackle terrorism in all its forms, including these ‘lone wolf’ style attacks.
As you may know, I was on the Joint Committee for the Investigatory Powers Bill. We put forward a large number of recommendations – which the Government mostly accepted. The Bill has now gone through the Commons and is currently passing through the House of Lords.
The Bill aims to give police and our security services the powers they need to tackle terrorism, pedophilia and find missing persons in the 21st century. Due to the work of the Joint Committee safeguards were put in place to ensure that a double lock was established. Ensuring that data can only be accessed with the permission of the Secretary of State and an independent judge.
The Home Secretary informed me that she hoped for the Bill to be enacted by the end of this calendar year. I hope this will be the case as our security services need these powers to tackle twisted ideology that is putting our safety and security at risk.