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19 December 2013

posted 19 Dec 2013 04:16 by ISC Admin

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today issued a statement regarding to the publication of the Detainee Inquiry's report.

11 December 2013

posted 11 Dec 2013 06:53 by ISC Admin   [ updated 11 Dec 2013 06:55 ]

On 17 October 2013, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) announced that it would be broadening its inquiry into the laws which govern the intelligence agencies’ ability to intercept private communications. In addition to considering whether the current statutory framework governing access to private communications remains adequate, the Committee is also considering the appropriate balance between our individual right to privacy and our collective right to security.

The Committee is now inviting written submissions from those who wish to contribute to its Privacy and Security Inquiry.  Further details are provided in the Call for Papers.

7 November 2013

posted 7 Nov 2013 10:56 by ISC Admin   [ updated 7 Nov 2013 10:56 ]

Following today's open evidence session, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has issued an uncorrected transcript of the evidence given by Sir Iain Lobban (Director, GCHQ), Mr Andrew Parker (Director General, MI5), and Sir John Sawers (Chief, MI6).

7 November 2013

posted 7 Nov 2013 02:26 by ISC Admin   [ updated 7 Nov 2013 02:28 ]

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament is today holding its first Open Evidence Session. The witnesses are the three Heads of the UK intelligence Agencies:
  • Sir Iain Lobban, Director, GCHQ;
  • Mr Andrew Parker, Director General, MI5; and 
  • Sir John Sawers, Chief, MI6. 
The session will be broadcast on www.parliamentlive.tv from 14:00 and is expected to last approximately 90 minutes. It will feature a short time delay, as a security mechanism to allow the Committee to pause the broadcast if anything is mentioned which might endanger national security or the safety of those working for the Agencies. (A similar process was used during the public hearings for the Iraq Inquiry.)

23 October 2013

posted 23 Oct 2013 03:04 by ISC Admin

Open Evidence Session

At 14:00 on Thursday 7 November, the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament will be holding an Open Evidence Session with the three heads of the UK Intelligence Agencies:
  • Sir Iain Lobban, Director, GCHQ;
  • Mr Andrew Parker, Director General, Security Service; and
  • Sir John Sawers, Chief, Secret Intelligence Service.
This will be the Committee's first Open Evidence Session: it will be the first time the three heads of the Intelligence Agencies have appeared in public together to talk about their work.

The session will give an insight into the world of intelligence, and the work the Agencies do on behalf of the UK. It represents a very significant step forward in terms of the openness and transparency of the Agencies. The Committee will question the Agency Heads on the work of the Agencies, their current priorities and the threats to the UK. Among other things it will cover the terrorist threat, regional instability and weapons proliferation, cyber security and espionage. However, since this is a public session, it will not cover details of intelligence capabilities or techniques, ongoing operations or sub judice matters. The Committee questions the Agencies about these details in their closed sessions.

The session will be held on the Parliamentary estate and will last approximately an hour and a half. It will be broadcast on www.parliamentlive.tv.

The session will be broadcast on a short time delay. The time delay is a security mechanism to allow the Committee to pause the broadcast if anything is mentioned which might endanger national security or the safety of those working for the Agencies. A similar process was used during the public hearings for the Iraq Inquiry.

There will be a limited number of seats available in the meeting room itself. For security reasons, the Committee has agreed that for this first Open Session these seats will be available to full Parliamentary pass holders and a small number of print journalists only. A notification of the event has been posted on the parliamentary intranet and pass holders have been invited to apply for a seat, which will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Media arrangements are being dealt with separately.

17 October 2013

posted 17 Oct 2013 01:09 by ISC Admin   [ updated 17 Oct 2013 01:10 ]

The Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, has today issued a statement regarding the Committee's forthcoming Inquiry into privacy and security.

17 July 2013

posted 17 Jul 2013 03:05 by ISC Admin   [ updated 17 Jul 2013 03:06 ]

The Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament, the Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, has today issued a statement regarding GCHQ’s alleged interception of communications under the US PRISM Programme.

10 July 2013

posted 10 Jul 2013 03:03 by ISC Admin   [ updated 10 Jul 2013 03:07 ]

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today laid its 2012-2013 Annual Report before Parliament. The Committee has issued the attached Press Release. The Report can be found here.  The Government's formal response is expected to be published in the autumn.

7 June 2013

posted 7 Jun 2013 15:13 by ISC Admin

In response to media reports that GCHQ has been gathering data via a covert US Internet monitoring programme, the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, has tonight issued the following statement:

"The Intelligence and Security Committee is aware of the allegations surrounding data obtained by GCHQ via the US Prism programme. The ISC will be receiving a full report from GCHQ very shortly and will decide what further action needs to be taken as soon as it receives that information."

6 June 2013

posted 6 Jun 2013 01:30 by ISC Admin   [ updated 6 Jun 2013 09:31 ]

The Intelligence and Security Committee's report on 'Foreign involvement in the Critical National Infrastructure: The implications for national security' was published today.  A copy is available here.

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