The controversial Investigatory Powers Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Tuesday.
For many, this may seem quick progress, given that three separate parliamentary committees had raised a number of concerns and criticisms in relation to the bill in recent weeks. However, since then, the bill has been revised and the government has indicated that those revisions provide a response to the "vast majority" of recommendations put forward by the three committees, including providing greater clarity and making the privacy safeguards stronger and clearer. Despite this, there remains concern that some of the most controversial provisions remain.
The bill will now pass through both Houses of Parliament, where it must receive approval, before it becomes law. However, there is a deadline in play: the government has said that this new legislation must be in force by 31 December 2016 to replace existing laws which will, by then, be out-of-date.
Given the proposed provisions in this bill, there seems little doubt that debates, both within and outside the Houses of Parliament, will continue to run.