HC Deb 26 October 1994 vol 248 cc643-4W
Mr. Frank Cook

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made to the interception of communications tribunal challenging his Department's authorisation to intercept the communications of individuals and organisations during the period to date from 1985; how many of these applications have resulted in quashing of the relevant authorisation, destruction of copies of materials intercepted under the authorisations concerned and payment of financial compensation; on average, how long it has taken for the tribunal to consider and reach an outcome on individual applications; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Howard

The number of applications received by the tribunal in each year is as follows:

Year Number of applications received
1986/871 41
1987 32
1988 30
1989 49
1990 59
1991 58
1992 45
1993 41
1April 1986 to April 1987.

On no occasion has the tribunal concluded that there has been a contravention of sections 2 to 5 of the Interception of Communication Act 1985.

In 1993 the average time taken to complete a tribunal investigation was eight weeks.