About the Committee

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) was first established by the Intelligence Services Act 1994 to examine the policy, administration and expenditure of the Security Service, Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The Justice and Security Act 2013 reformed the ISC: making it a Committee of Parliament; providing greater powers; and increasing its remit (including oversight of operational activity and the wider intelligence and security activities of Government). Other than the three intelligence and security Agencies, the ISC examines the intelligence-related work of the Cabinet Office including: the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC); the Assessments Staff; and the National Security Secretariat. The Committee also provides oversight of Defence Intelligence in the Ministry of Defence and the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism in the Home Office.

Members of the ISC are appointed by Parliament and the Committee reports directly to Parliament. The Committee may also make reports to the Prime Minister on matters which are national security sensitive.

The Members are subject to Section 1(1)(b) of the Official Secrets Act 1989 and have access to highly classified material in carrying out their duties. The Committee takes evidence from Cabinet Ministers and senior officials – all of which is used to formulate its reports.

Recent Announcements

The Committee's most recent announcements are displayed below. For earlier announcements, or to see more details/attachments, please select 'News Archive' from the navigation bar.
 
  • 30 April 2019
    The following appeared on the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings record for yesterday (Monday 29 April 2019):

        Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament

    Resolved, that Ian Blackford be removed from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament under Schedule 1 to the Justice and Security Act 2013 and Stewart Hosie be appointed to that Committee under section 1 of that Act.- (Paul Maynard.)
    Posted 30 Apr 2019, 00:57 by ISC Admin
  • 25 April 2019
    On 6 March, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament announced that following its current Inquiry into Russia, its next Inquiry would be into national security issues relating to China. Amongst other issues, the Inquiry was to examine the role of Huawei in the UK's telecommunications infrastructure - and in particular to consider whether the lessons had been learned from the Committee's 2013 report on Foreign Involvement in the UK's Critical National Infrastructure, in which we originally reported our concerns.

    The Committee has noted the recent press reporting on the Government's deliberations regarding a role for Huawei in the UK's 5G infrastructure. This is clearly a matter of very considerable Parliamentary and public interest, and the Committee will therefore now be prioritising this aspect of its Inquiry.
    Posted 25 Apr 2019, 06:47 by ISC Admin
  • 6 March 2019
    The Committee has agreed that its next Inquiry will be into national security issues relating to China.
    Posted 6 Mar 2019, 04:06 by ISC Admin
  • 22 November 2018
    The Committee has today published its the following two reports and a press release:
    Posted 22 Nov 2018, 07:01 by ISC Admin
  • 19 November 2018

    The Committee will be publishing two Reports - "The 2017 Attacks: What needs to change?" and "Annual Report 2017 - 2018" - on Thursday 22 November.

    Links to both Reports will be available from this website shortly after publication on the 22nd.


    Posted 19 Nov 2018, 07:38 by ISC Admin
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