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Tuesday 19 October 2004

Surveillance Commissioner

19 October 2004

The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of The Right Honourable Sir Liam McCollum as a Surveillance Commissioner under the terms of Section 91 of the Police Act 1997.  Sir Liam’s appointment is from 1 October 2004 until 30 September 2007.

Biographical Notes

The Right Honourable Sir Liam McCollum (71) was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1955 and took Silk in 1971. He served as a Judge of the High Court, Northern Ireland, from 1987 to 1997. From 1997 to 2004 he served as a Lord Justice of Appeal, Supreme Court of Judicature, Northern Ireland.

Notes for Editors

Section 91 of the Police Act 1997 provides for the Prime Minister, after consultation with the Scottish Ministers, to appoint Surveillance Commissioners.  The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 extended their remit.  Commissioners must be persons who hold or have held high judicial office within the meaning of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876.  Commissioners are appointed for a three year period with the possibility of re-appointment.  Their functions are in regard to surveillance operations carried out by Police and Customs officers and members of NCIS and the National Crime Squad.

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