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17 October 2014

posted 17 Oct 2014 09:10 by ISC Admin   [ updated 17 Oct 2014 09:10 ]

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

14 October 2014

posted 14 Oct 2014 00:18 by ISC Admin   [ updated 14 Oct 2014 00:19 ]

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

9 October 2014

posted 9 Oct 2014 07:42 by ISC Admin   [ updated 9 Oct 2014 07:42 ]

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.

11 September 2014

posted 11 Sep 2014 03:14 by ISC Admin   [ updated 11 Sep 2014 03:14 ]

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."

8 May 2014

posted 8 May 2014 09:41 by ISC Admin   [ updated 8 May 2014 09:46 ]

Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP, Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC), has today delivered a lecture at Wadham College, Oxford, entitled "Intelligence Agencies in the Internet Age: Public Servants or Public Threat?".


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.

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