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.
  • 21 November 2014
    On Tuesday 25 November, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will publish its Report on the intelligence relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.  The Committee will be holding a press conference in Parliament at 11am on 25 November.
    Posted by ISC Admin
  • 17 October 2014
    On Thursday 23 October, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will hold two further public evidence sessions as part of its Privacy and Security Inquiry.  The Committee will hear first from Sir David Omand (11:15 - 12:00), and then from the Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP (13:00 - 14:00).

    Both evidence sessions will be held in Portcullis House and are open to the public, with seats being available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  They may also be viewed online at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Live.aspx

    Posted 17 Oct 2014 09:10 by ISC Admin
  • 14 October 2014
    As previously announced, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will be holding a number of public evidence sessions this week as part of its Privacy and Security Inquiry.  These sessions can be viewed online at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Live.aspx

    Posted 14 Oct 2014 00:19 by ISC Admin
  • 9 October 2014
    The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today announced a series of public evidence sessions in relation to its Inquiry into Privacy and Security, to be held on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 October 2014.  Further details on the sessions and a list of witnesses can be found here.

    Posted 9 Oct 2014 07:42 by ISC Admin
  • 11 September 2014

    On 19 December 2013, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) announced that it would investigate the issues highlighted in the Detainee Inquiry report published by Sir Peter Gibson. The Committee is now inviting written submissions from those who wish to contribute. Further details are provided in the Call for Evidence.

    The Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC), the Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, stated:
    "The ISC has today reached a milestone in its investigation into the role of the UK Government and Security and Intelligence Agencies in relation to detainee treatment and rendition. The ISC will be considering the issues raised by Sir Peter Gibson in his interim report, and the adequacy of the current framework governing matters related to detainees. I strongly encourage participation from all those who have information to contribute."

    Posted 11 Sep 2014 03:14 by ISC Admin
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