Dominic Raab MP

Dominic Raab is the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton. He currently sits on the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Contact Details

House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 0207 219 3000



Communications Data Bill

Asked question. 9th February 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to bring forward legislative proposals for the Intercept Modernisation programme.

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Answered 2nd July 2012:

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether data stored under the proposed Communications Capabilities Development Programme will be subject to the European Investigation Order.[1]

Mr. Raab also asked, in January 2013, again to Theresa May;

"how much her Department currently remunerates (a) telephone companies, (b) internet service providers and (c) others annually for data storage; and what estimate she has made of such figures if the draft Communications Data Bill was passed."

Her response stated that an approximate figure was £15,000,000.

Letter to Theresa May MP

According to Conservate Home, a group of back benchers co-ordinated by Dominic Raab wrote:

“We urge you to limit the application of the Bill to terrorist offences and the most serious crimes, limit access to such data to the intelligence agencies, SOCA and the police, and make the regime subject to judicial warrant as a safeguard against abuse.”

“From a law enforcement perspective, there has been no explanation as to how those using foreign internet and communications service providers will be prevented from circumventing the regime.”

“Equally, given the public sector's woeful track record of protecting personal data, we are concerned about the vulnerability of the scheme to both the negligence of officials and attempts to infiltrate the system by those with criminal intent. We would urge you to consult in further detail with the Information Commissioner, internet providers, telephone companies and other external experts, to test the technical integrity of the proposals.”

“Finally, the Home Office estimates the proposals would cost £2 billion. The Committee stated that these estimates ‘are not robust’. We urge Ministers to subject the proposals to external audit and re-consider their law enforcement cost-benefit in light of the suggestions made, above, to limit their breadth and tighten their focus.”[2]