The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) is the committee of Parliament with statutory responsibility for oversight of the UK Intelligence Community.


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


Under the Justice and Security Act 2013 and the accompanying Memorandum of Understanding (which can be found at Annex A in the Committee’s Annual Report 2013-2014), 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 Homeland Security Group.

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.


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 Committee is currently conducting Inquiries into:

  • national security issues relating to China;
  • International Partnerships;
  • Cloud technologies; and
  • national security issues relating to Iran.


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14 December 2022

The Rt Hon. Stewart Hosie 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.

14:55, 14 December 2022

13 December 2022

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament has today published its Annual Report 2021-2022, and has also issued a press release:

11:34, 13 December 2022

4 November 2022

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament published its Report, 'Extreme Right-Wing Terrorism', on 13 July 2022.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Committee and the Prime Minister states that "HMG will aim to respond substantively to any report by the ISC within 60 days". That period expired on 11 September however the Committee notes that it has still not received a substantive response to the report, 114 days after it was published.

17:20, 4 November 2022

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