The Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill, chaired by Lord Blencathra, is currently conducting pre-legislative scrutiny into the draft Bill and the policies it seeks to implement. The Joint Committee comprises six MPs and six Peers. It will take oral and written evidence and make recommendations in a report to both Houses. The Joint Committee invites interested organisations and individuals to submit written evidence as part of the inquiry.

The Joint Committee issued a public call for evidence by 23 August 2012 and are currently hearing oral evidence on the subjects of: costs and scope of the bill; use of communications data; safeguards; parliamentary oversight; enforcement and technical issues and requirements.

For more information about the dispute please go to: news/call-for-evidence/