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 (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.

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 Committee is currently conducting Inquiries into:

  • national security issues relating to China;
  • Extreme Right Wing Terrorism;
  • International Partnerships;
  • Cloud technologies; and
  • national security issues relating to Iran.


News

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27 January 2022

The Rt Hon. Mark Pritchard 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, following his appointment to the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

15:07, 27 January 2022

14 January 2022

The Rt Hon. Dame Diana Johnson DBE MP has, in accordance with the Justice and Security Act, written to the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament tendering her resignation from the Committee, following her election to the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee.

09:50, 14 January 2022

17 December 2021

The Committee has now requested further information on the UK Intelligence Community's role in the UK's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

18:30, 17 December 2021

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