The increasing debate regarding the implementation of the new Investigatory Powers Bill or “Snooper’s Charter” had many human rights advocates clamouring for better discussion.
The bill has reached the higher levels of Parliament, concerning many professionals from almost all fields.
Many from the legal profession had spoken about the issue. Solicitor General For England and Wales Robert Buckland QC said to the House of Commons “Dialogue will continue and will allow for meaningful scrutiny and debate” amid a grilling from MPs across the political spectrum.
Aside from Robert Buckland, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Law Society of Scotland and Faculty of Advocates had raised issues about the privileges that could be abused with the new bill.
The Solicitor General has already met with the Bar Council to discuss the bill and is due to meet the Law Society of England and Wales today.
He said the Bar Council “have kindly undertaken to come up with further proposals by which the issues that took up so much time in Committee might be resolved”.
He added: “It is perhaps a little unfortunate that those particular proposals were not crystallised prior to today’s debate, but there will of course be more time. If clear proposals come forward—I am sure that they will—they can be subject to full, proper scrutiny in the other place.”