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.

Authority

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

Remit

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.

Membership

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, of which two remain ongoing. The Inquiry on Northern Ireland-related terrorism was published on 5 October 2020 and the case study on GCHQ procurement was published on 19 November 2020. The remaining ongoing Inquiries are:
  • an Inquiry into national security issues relating to China;
  • an Inquiry into Right Wing Terrorism.
These will continue to be taken forward by the Committee.

News

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

    The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published the following report 'GCHQ accommodation procurement: a case study', and has also issued a press release.

    GCHQ accommodation procurement: a case study

    Press Release

    Posted 19 Nov 2020, 01:30 by ISC Admin
  • 5 October 2020

    The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published the following report 'Northern Ireland-related terrorism', and has also issued a press release.

    Northern Ireland-related terrorism

    Press Release


    Posted 5 Oct 2020, 06:31 by ISC Admin
  • 24 September 2020
    The Committee has today released a statement on the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill.

    Posted 24 Sept 2020, 05:52 by ISC Admin
  • 17 September 2020
    The following appeared on the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings record for yesterday (Wednesday 16 September 2020):

    6     Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament

    Resolved, That Chris Grayling be removed from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament under Schedule 1 to the Justice and Security Act 2013 and Bob Stewart be appointed to that Committee under section 1 of that Act.—(Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg.)
    Posted 17 Sept 2020, 04:46 by ISC Admin
  • 28 August 2020
    The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP has, in accordance with the Justice and Security Act, written to the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament tendering his resignation from the Committee. The Chairman has sent a reply.

    Posted 28 Aug 2020, 10:25 by ISC Admin
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