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(1)The Secretary of State shall not grant an authorisation for the carrying out of intrusive surveillance except on an application made by—
(a)a member of any of the intelligence services;
(b)an official of the Ministry of Defence;
(c)a member of Her Majesty’s forces;
(d)an individual holding an office, rank or position with any such public authority as may be designated for the purposes of this section as an authority whose activities may require the carrying out of intrusive surveillance.
(2)Section 32 shall have effect in relation to the grant of an authorisation by the Secretary of State on the application of an official of the Ministry of Defence, or of a member of Her Majesty’s forces, as if the only matters mentioned in subsection (3) of that section were—
(a)the interests of national security; and
(b)the purpose of preventing or detecting serious crime.
(3)The designation of any public authority for the purposes of this section shall be by order made by the Secretary of State.
(4)The Secretary of State may by order provide, in relation to any public authority, that an application for an authorisation for the carrying out of intrusive surveillance may be made by an individual holding an office, rank or position with that authority only where his office, rank or position is one prescribed by the order.
(5)The Secretary of State may by order impose restrictions—
(a)on the authorisations for the carrying out of intrusive surveillance that may be granted on the application of an individual holding an office, rank or position with any public authority designated for the purposes of this section; and
(b)on the circumstances in which, or the purposes for which, such authorisations may be granted on such an application.
(6)The Secretary of State shall not make a designation under subsection (3) unless a draft of the order containing the designation has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House.
(7)References in this section to a member of Her Majesty’s forces do not include references to any member of Her Majesty’s forces who is a member of a police force by virtue of his service with the Royal Navy Regulating Branch, the Royal Military Police or the Royal Air Force Police.
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