HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 c544W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement about his plans to monitor the use of mobile telephones for criminal purposes. [112501]

Mr. Charles Clarke

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill was introduced to the House on 9 February. The Bill will ensure that the current regime for intercepting the communications of those involved in serious crime is updated, to deal with the technological changes which have taken place since the Interception of Communications Act was enacted in 1985. The strict criteria for the approval of interceptions will remain the same.