Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that, if his party wins the next election, he will introduce new powers which will allow UK law enforcement agencies to monitor and access communications. Prime Minister Cameron said that the underlying principle of the new legislation would be that there should not be a method of communication that can be used to avoid surveillance by UK intelligence and security agencies. This was reiterated by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, who also stated that there is, however, no cross-party consensus on this issue and therefore no Parliamentary majority to pass the legislation to give the police and security services powers to intercept certain communications data.

Oral statement to Parliament