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The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2003

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Articles 2 and 3 of this Order amend Schedule 1 to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”) by adding to it a number of new public authorities. Designated individuals in the public authorities listed in Part I of Schedule 1 are entitled to authorise directed surveillance and the use and conduct of covert human intelligence sources under sections 28 and 29 of the 2000 Act, respectively. Designated individuals in the public authorities listed in Part II of Schedule 1 are only entitled to authorise directed surveillance under section 28 of the 2000 Act. Article 4 of this Order prescribes offices, ranks and positions for the purposes of section 30(1) of the 2000 Act for both the public authorities already in Schedule 1 and those added to it by this Order. Individuals holding these prescribed offices, ranks or positions are designated under sections 28 and 29 of the 2000 Act as able to authorise directed surveillance and the use and conduct of covert human intelligence sources. An earlier Order that prescribed offices, ranks and positions in the public authorities that were in Schedule 1 when the 2000 Act was passed is revoked by article 10 of this Order.

Column 1 of the Schedule to this Order lists the public authorities. Column 2 specifies the individuals within each public authority that can authorise directed surveillance and the use and conduct of covert human intelligence sources. An individual holding an office, rank or position listed in column 2 of Part I of the Schedule may grant an authorisation under either section 28 or section 29 of the 2000 Act, other than where the Schedule indicates to the contrary. An individual holding an office, rank or position listed in column 2 of Part II of the Schedule may only grant an authorisation under section 28 of the 2000 Act. Individuals holding more senior offices, ranks or positions to those listed in column 2 may also authorise in the same circumstances as those to whom they are senior. Column 3 sets out certain less senior officials who can authorise in urgent cases. Column 4 sets out the grounds on which an authorisation can be given by reference to the grounds set out in the different paragraphs of sections 28(3) and 29(3) of the 2000 Act. For example, ground (b) is for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime or of preventing disorder.

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