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.
  • 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
  • 15 October 2018

    On Friday 12 October 2018 the Committee sent its Report, 'The 2017 Attacks: What needs to change?’, to the Prime Minister.

    In accordance with the Justice and Security Act 2013, the Prime Minister will now consider whether there is any information in the report which, if published, would be prejudicial to the continued discharge of the functions of the security and intelligence Agencies. The Committee expects to be in a position to publish the report next month.

    Posted 15 Oct 2018, 08:31 by ISC Admin
  • 18 July 2018
    The Committee has today published its report on Diversity and Inclusion in the UK Intelligence Community and has also issued a press release.
    Posted 18 Jul 2018, 05:14 by ISC Admin
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