MP picked to look at new ‘snooping’ bill

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A NEW powerful bill giving security services legal access to communications data will be scrutinised by a new MP.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes has been put on a new committee looking at the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

If passed, the legislation would require providers to retain communications data for security services to access upon request to a judge.

In a statement Ms Fernandes, one of seven MPs on the committee, said: ‘Ensuring our security services have the powers they need to keep us safe from the many threats we face is of paramount importance.

‘At the same time, we must ensure there is transparency and coherence in the system, so that it commands public confidence. That’s why this legislation is so important to get right.

‘As a barrister by profession, I respect the role of the judiciary in providing oversight, alongside the proper democratic accountability provided by ministers.

‘It is the balancing of those considerations which I am sure we will be examining closely as a committee, and I look forward to beginning our work.’

The joint committee is due to report back next year.