Forty-nine MPs have voted against rushing the government's emergency surveillance legislation through all its Commons stages in just one day.
deal between the three major parties, however, secured the fast-track
timetable by 436 votes to 49, despite accusations from one Labour MP
that the move amounted to "democratic banditry resonant of a rogue
The vote on the timetable motion for the data retention
and investigatory powers bill, known as the Drip bill, came as it
emerged that the home secretary was to accept Labour amendments
strengthening its safeguards.
The government has accepted that the
promised longer-term review of all surveillance legislation, known as
Ripa, should be written into the Drip bill to put it on a statutory
footing, and that there should six-monthly reviews of its operation by
the interception commissioner.
The former Tory shadow home
secretary David Davis told ministers that the rush to push through the
Drip bill undermined parliament's role.
"My understanding is there
was an argument inside government between the two halves of the
coalition and that argument has gone on for three months, so what the
coalition cannot decide in three months this house has to decide in one
day," said Davis.