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Investigatory Powers Act 2016

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268Enhanced affirmative procedure
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(1)For the purposes of regulations under section 71 to which section 72 applies and regulations under section 73(4) to which section 73(5) applies, the enhanced affirmative procedure is as follows.

(2)Subsection (3) applies if—

(a)the Secretary of State has consulted under section 72(2) or (as the case may be) 73(5) in relation to making such regulations,

(b)a period of at least 12 weeks, beginning with the day on which any such consultation first began, has elapsed, and

(c)the Secretary of State considers it appropriate to proceed with making such regulations.

(3)The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament—

(a)draft regulations, and

(b)a document which explains the regulations.

(4)The Secretary of State may make regulations in the terms of the draft regulations laid under subsection (3) if, after the end of the 40-day period, the draft regulations are approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

(5)But subsections (6) to (9) apply instead of subsection (4) if—

(a)either House of Parliament so resolves within the 30-day period, or

(b)a committee of either House charged with reporting on the draft regulations so recommends within the 30-day period and the House to which the recommendation is made does not by resolution reject the recommendation within that period.

(6)The Secretary of State must have regard to—

(a)any representations,

(b)any resolution of either House of Parliament, and

(c)any recommendations of a committee of either House of Parliament charged with reporting on the draft regulations,

made during the 60-day period with regard to the draft regulations.

(7)If after the end of the 60-day period the draft regulations are approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament, the Secretary of State may make regulations in the terms of the draft regulations.

(8)If after the end of the 60-day period the Secretary of State wishes to proceed with the draft regulations but with material changes, the Secretary of State may lay before Parliament—

(a)revised draft regulations, and

(b)a statement giving a summary of the changes proposed.

(9)If the revised draft regulations are approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament, the Secretary of State may make regulations in the terms of the revised draft regulations.

(10)For the purposes of this section regulations are made in the terms of draft regulations or revised draft regulations if they contain no material changes to the provisions of the draft, or revised draft, regulations.

(11)References in this section to the “30-day”, “40-day” and “60-day” periods in relation to any draft regulations are to the periods of 30, 40 and 60 days beginning with the day on which the draft regulations were laid before Parliament; and, for this purpose, no account is to be taken of any time during which Parliament is dissolved or prorogued or during which either House is adjourned for more than four days.

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