The attempt to insert the bulk of the Communications Data Bill (CDB) into the Counter Terrorism and Security Bill (CTSB) by a quartet of Lords has been dropped. The proposed amendments to the CTSB were withdrawn after debate.
The cross-party group of four Lords included former Conservative defence secretary Lord King, Liberal Democrat former reviewer of counter-terror laws, Lord Carlile, the former Labour defence minister, Lord West, and former Metropolitan police commissioner, Lord Blair.
The Pirate Party's Andy Halsall said:
"It's great that after a...