'Lawrence amendment' on undercover policing

MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Do you support Liberty's 'Lawrence amendment' to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which is backed by Doreen Lawrence and would require prior judicial authorisation for undercover policing operations to ensure they are necessary and proportionate?


Answer for 'Lawrence amendment' on undercover policing

Answer for 'Lawrence amendment' on undercover policing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

There is already significant oversight of the authorisation of covert policing operations.


That said, it is crucial that the public have confidence in the way this tactic is used and ACPO has long supported increased oversight of undercover policing and supports recent recommendations by the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice for robust oversight of undercover policing by the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners. I have also asked the MOPAC Ethics Panel to consider undercover policing as a matter of urgency.