As reported in Boing Boing:
"Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson -- or his successor in the next government) the power to make "secondary legislation" (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988).
"Claims from minister Stephen Timms this morning that the Digital Economy Bill has widespread support have been thrown into question, after the Internet Service Providers Association insisted it is strongly opposed to aspects of the legislation. Mandelson's bill gives him power to change copyright laws as he sees fit, using a statutory instrument rather than a pesky old debate in Parliament. The law will force internet service providers to write to customers accused of infringing copyright on peer-to-peer networks by rights holders like the BPI. ISPs must also hand over address information if rights holders wish to take court action. Alongside this, Ofcom will begin using deep packet inspection to see what impact the dark lord's actions are having on file sharing."