The Committee

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) is the committee of Parliament with statutory responsibility for oversight of the UK Intelligence Community.


The Committee was established under the Intelligence Services Act 1994, but its powers were reinforced in the Justice and Security Act 2013.


Under the Justice and Security Act 2013 and the accompanying Memorandum of Understanding, the ISC oversees the policies, expenditure, administration and operations of MI5, MI6, GCHQ, Defence Intelligence, the Joint Intelligence Organisation, the National Security Secretariat (NSS) and the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.

The Committee sets its own agenda and work programme, taking evidence from Ministers, the Heads of the intelligence and security Agencies, senior officials, experts, and academics as it considers necessary.


The Committee consists of nine Members, drawn from both Houses of Parliament and appointed by Parliament. The Chair of the Committee is elected by its Members.
The Members are subject to Section 1(1)(b) of the Official Secrets Act 1989 and are routinely given access to highly classified material in carrying out their duties.

Current Inquiries

The previous Committee was in the process of four Inquiries at the time of dissolution:
  • an Inquiry into national security issues relating to China;
  • an Inquiry into Right Wing Terrorism;
  • an examination of the current threat from Northern Ireland-Related Terrorism; and
  • a case study on GCHQ procurement.
These will now be taken forward by the Committee.


For earlier news items, or to see more details/attachments, please select 'News Archive' from the navigation bar.
  • 21 July 2020

    The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published the following two reports, and has also issued a press release in relation to the Report on 'Russia': 


    Russia Report

    Press Release


    Annual Report 2018-19
    Posted 21 Jul 2020, 02:41 by ISC Admin
  • 20 July 2020
    The Committee's Report on Russia, prepared by its predecessor, will be laid before Parliament at 10:30am on Tuesday 21 July.

    The Report will then be available here on the Committee's website.

    (Please note that advance copies will not be available).
    Posted 20 Jul 2020, 06:29 by ISC Admin
  • 16 July 2020
    The Committee has unanimously agreed this morning that it will publish the Report on Russia prepared by its predecessor before the House rises for the summer recess.
    Posted 16 Jul 2020, 05:31 by ISC Admin
  • 15 July 2020
    The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) today elected Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP as its Chairman.   

    Posted 15 Jul 2020, 09:15 by ISC Admin
  • 14 July 2020
    On the afternoon of Tuesday 14 July 2020 the House of Lords voted to approve the House of Lords Member of the ISC. The Official Hansard record can be found here.
    Posted 14 Jul 2020, 08:41 by ISC Admin
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