Committee Publications

The Committee publishes annual reports, which detail the work of the Committee and the administration and expenditure of the intelligence community, and special reports which address particular strategic or operational issues. On occasion, the Committee may also issue statements on current issues of concern.

The reports and statements published by the Committee are listed below in chronological order. The Committee does not comment on its work programme or reports beyond the information published on these pages.


2019- Parliament

GCHQ accommodation procurement: a case study

Published November 2020
Northern Ireland-related terrorism

Published October 2020

Published July 2020
Annual Report 2018-2019

Published July 2020

    2017-2019 Parliament

    Statement on 5G suppliers

    Published July 2019

    Statement in relation to Detention and Rendition

    Published July 2019

    The 2017 Attacks: what needs to change?

    Published November 2018

    During 2017, the UK suffered five serious terrorist attacks at Westminster, Manchester Arena, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green. This Report considers the actions of MI5 and Counter-Terrorism Policing in relation to cross-cutting issues that can be seen as having played a part in the actions of those who perpetrated the attacks 

    ISC Annual Report 2017-2018

    Published November 2018

    Diversity and Inclusion in the UK Intelligence Community

    Published July 2018

    This report considers the four key protected characteristics under the 2010 Equality Act - Gender, Race, Sexuality and Disability - and addresses these in the context of diversity and inclusion across the intelligence community: highlighting good practice, identifying possible gaps and making recommendations to help improve the approach.

    Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition: Current Issues

    Published June 2018

    This report examines current issues in relation to the actions of the UK security and intelligence agencies in relation to the handling of detainees overseas and rendition.

    Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition: 2001-2010

    Published June 2018

    This report examines historic issues in relation to the actions of the UK security and intelligence agencies in relation to the handling of detainees overseas and rendition.

    Published June 2016

    Published February 2015

    Published December 2014

    Published September 2014

    ISC Annual Report 2016-2017

    Published December 2017

    Statement on the election of the Chair and the work priorities of the new ISC

    Published November 2017

    2015-2017 Parliament

    Statement on the work of the Committee since the Annual Report 2015-2016

    Published April 2017

    UK Lethal Drone Strikes in Syria

    Published April 2017

    This Report examines the intelligence basis behind the UK lethal drone strike against Reyaad Khan, a British citizen, in Syria in August 2015.

    Published January 2016

    Report on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill 

    Published February 2016

    This Report describes the Committee's response to the intelligence agency-related aspects of the Government's draft Investigatory Powers Bill and builds upon the recommendations made in the Committee's Privacy and Security Report of March 2015.

    Published November 2015

    ISC Annual Report 2015-2016

    Published July 2016

    Statement on the Committee's work programme

    Published October 2015

    2010-2015 Parliament

    Privacy and Security: a modern and transparent legal framework

    Published March 2015

    This Report includes, for the first time in a single document, a comprehensive review of the full range of intrusive capabilities available to the UK intelligence Agencies. It contains an unprecedented amount of information about those capabilities, the legal framework governing their use, and the privacy protections and safeguards that apply. The Report also reveals the use of certain capabilities – such as Bulk Personal Datasets and Directions under the Telecommunications Act 1984 – for the first time. The Report represents a landmark in terms of the openness and transparency surrounding the Agencies’ work.

    Published December 2013

    Published October 2013

    Women in the UK Intelligence Community

    Published March 2015

    The Report considers recruitment policy and practice; maternity-related issues, childcare and flexible working; career and promotion prospects; and cultural and behavioural issues.

    Statement regarding the Chairmanship of the Committee

    Published February 2015

    Report on the intelligence relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby

    Published November 2014

    Following the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, on 22 May 2013, the ISC investigated what MI5, SIS and GCHQ knew about the two men who carried out the attack to see whether it could have been prevented.

    ISC Annual Report 2013-2014

    Published November 2014

    Statement regarding GCHQ's alleged access to the US PRISM programme

    Published July 2013

    ISC Annual Report 2012-2013

    Published July 2013

    Foreign Involvement in the Critical National Infrastructure

    Published June 2013

    Access to communications data by the intelligence and security Agencies

    Published February 2013

    This Report considers the use of communications data by the intelligence and security Agencies, and how the proposals in the Government’s draft Communications Data Bill might affect them.

    Published December 2012

    ISC Annual Report 2011-2012

    Published July 2012

    Committee responses to Her Majesty's Government's Green Paper on Justice and Security

    Published March 2012

    Published December 2011

    Published October 2011

    ISC Annual Report 2010-2011

    Published July 2011

    2005-2010 Parliament

    ISC Annual Report 2009-2010

    Published March 2010

    ISC Annual Report 2008-2009

    Published March 2010

    Review of the Intelligence on the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005

    Published May 2009

    This Review addresses the unanswered questions relating to the intelligence on the 7/7 bombers, particularly those arising out of the investigation of the 2004 fertiliser bomb (CREVICE) plot.

    ISC Annual Report 2007-2008

    Published March 2009

    Press release on Alleged complicity of the UK security and intelligence Agencies in torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment

    Published March 2009

    ISC Annual Report 2006-2007

    Published January 2008


    Published July 2007

    This Report considers whether the UK security and intelligence Agencies had any knowledge of, and/or involvement in, rendition operations, and also the Agencies' overall policy for intelligence sharing with foreign liaison services. 

    ISC Annual Report 2005-2006

    Published June 2006

    Report into the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005

    Published May 2006

    This Report examines intelligence and security matters relevant to the July terrorist attacks, focusing in particular on: whether any intelligence which may have helped prevent the attacks was missed or overlooked; why the threat level to the UK was lowered prior to the attacks and what impact this had; and what lessons were learned from these attacks, and how these lessons are being applied.

    2001-2005 Parliament

    ISC Annual Report 2004-2005

    Published April 2005

    The Handling of detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq

    Published March 2005

    This report covers the contact between detainees and the SIS, Security Service, both military and civilian DIS staff and military intelligence personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq.

    ISC Annual Report 2003-2004

    Published June 2004

    Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction - Intelligence and Assessments

    Published September 2003

    This report examines whether the available intelligence, which informed the decision to invade Iraq, was adequate and properly assessed and whether it was accurately reflected in Government publications.

    ISC Annual Report 2002-2003

    Published June 2003

    Inquiry into Intelligence, Assessments and Advice prior to the Terrorist Bombings on Bali 12 October 2002

    Published December 2002

    ISC Annual Report 2001-2002

    Published June 2002

    1997-2001 Parliament

    ISC Annual Report 2000-2001

    Published March 2001

    ISC Annual Report 1999-2000

    Published November 2000

    The Mitrokhin Inquiry Report

    Published June 2000

    ISC Annual Report 1998-1999

    Published November 1999

    Sierra Leone

    Published April 1999

    ISC Annual Report 1997-1998

    Published October 1998

    1992-1997 Parliament

    ISC Annual Report 1996

    Published February 1997

    ISC Annual Report 1995

    Published March 1996

    Report on Security Service Work Against Organised Crime

    Published December 1995