HL Deb 16 July 1997 vol 581 c114WA
Lord Carmichael of Kelvingrove

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have for consultation on the intrusive surveillance code of practice required under Part HI of the Police Act 1997.

Lord Williams of Mostyn

On 14 July, my honourable friend the Minister of State (Mr. Michael) signed an order to commence Section 101 of the Police Act 1997 on 5 August 1997. This will allow the public consultation exercise to begin on that date. Officials will send copies of the draft code of practice to a number of individuals and organisations, inviting their comments by the end of September. Copies will be placed in the Library and additional copies of the draft code are obtained from the Home Office.