Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Ceisteanna (136, 137, 138)

Paul McGrath

Ceist:

212 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of telecommunications interception orders which he signed each year since taking office. [8858/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Paul McGrath

Ceist:

213 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of telecommunications interception orders presently approved by his Department. [8859/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Paul McGrath

Ceist:

214 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the categories of persons for whom telecommunications interception orders are presently in place. [8860/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 212 to 214, inclusive, together.

Lawful interception is governed by the provisions of the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) Act 1993. Section 2 of that Act states that an authorisation to intercept may be granted only for the purpose of the investigation of serious crime or in the interests of the security of the State. It is not the practice and it would be contrary to the public interest to reveal either the categories of person to whom authorisations to intercept relate and the number of such authorisations.