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.


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