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(1)Where a person grants or cancels a police or customs authorisation for the carrying out of intrusive surveillance, he shall give notice that he has done so to an ordinary Surveillance Commissioner.
(2)A notice given for the purposes of subsection (1)—
(a)must be given in writing as soon as reasonably practicable after the grant or, as the case may be, cancellation of the authorisation to which it relates;
(b)must be given in accordance with any such arrangements made for the purposes of this paragraph by the Chief Surveillance Commissioner as are for the time being in force; and
(c)must specify such matters as the Secretary of State may by order prescribe.
(3)A notice under this section of the grant of an authorisation shall, as the case may be, either—
(a)state that the approval of a Surveillance Commissioner is required by section 36 before the grant of the authorisation will take effect; or
(b)state that the case is one of urgency and set out the grounds on which the case is believed to be one of urgency.
(4)Where a notice for the purposes of subsection (1) of the grant of an authorisation has been received by an ordinary Surveillance Commissioner, he shall, as soon as practicable—
(a)scrutinise the authorisation; and
(b)in a case where notice has been given in accordance with subsection (3)(a), decide whether or not to approve the authorisation.
(5)Subject to subsection (6), the Secretary of State shall not make an order under subsection (2)(c) unless a draft of the order has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.
(6)Subsection (5) does not apply in the case of the order made on the first occasion on which the Secretary of State exercises his power to make an order under subsection (2)(c).
(7)The order made on that occasion shall cease to have effect at the end of the period of forty days beginning with the day on which it was made unless, before the end of that period, it has been approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.
(8)For the purposes of subsection (7)—
(a)the order’s ceasing to have effect shall be without prejudice to anything previously done or to the making of a new order; and
(b)in reckoning the period of forty days no account shall be taken of any period during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which both Houses are adjourned for more than four days.
(9)Any notice that is required by any provision of this section to be given in writing may be given, instead, by being transmitted by electronic means.
(10)In this section references to a police or customs authorisation are references to an authorisation granted by—
(a)a person who is a senior authorising officer by reference to a police force, the National Criminal Intelligence Service or the National Crime Squad;
(b)a person who is a senior authorising officer by virtue of a designation by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise; or
(c)a person who for the purposes of section 34 is entitled to act for a person falling within paragraph (a) or for a person falling within paragraph (b).
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