Category: Current Parliament

12 May 2022

The Committee notes that the Minister for the Cabinet Office has today made a written statement in respect of the appointment of Lord Lebedev to the House of Lords.

The Intelligence and Security Committee had requested information pertaining to Lord Lebedev’s appointment. That request was made on a classified basis, in accordance with the Committee’s statutory oversight of the intelligence and security agencies under the Justice and Security Act 2013.

It was completely independent of the parliamentary motion passed by the House of Commons on 29 March 2022 – since the ISC is not a Select Committee (notwithstanding its mis-description as such, in the Government’s written statement) and its provisions are set down in law.

The information requested was not provided to us by the 28 April deadline mandated by the Committee (so as to align with the Parliamentary deadline). It was received only yesterday and the Committee is therefore not yet in a position to determine whether the information provided is sufficient, whether the response meets the statutory provisions which govern the Intelligence Community’s obligations to the Committee, and whether the Committee will have further questions arising.

The Committee is surprised by the statement by the Minister for the Cabinet Office today which links the classified provision of information to the Committee with the entirely separate parliamentary process of the Government’s response to the resolution of the House of Commons. So far as the ISC is concerned, at this stage our request for information should have remained a private – and classified – matter of oversight.

The Committee will be making no further comment on the information provided to it at this time.

16:23, 12 May 2022

15 March 2022

Statement on Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement Act) 2022

We welcome today the long-awaited legislation on Economic Crimes.

As the Intelligence and Security Committee made very clear in its ‘Russia’ report, the UK has been welcoming Russian money for many years with few questions – if any – being asked about the provenance of this considerable wealth. When we sent our report, together with a detailed classified annex, to the Prime Minister over two years ago, we highlighted then that there was an urgent need for the UK Government to disrupt this illicit financial activity, and questioned the efficacy of the measures which were in place.

It is hoped now that this new legislation is at least the first step toward giving the authorities – and in particular the National Crime Agency which leads this effort – the necessary clout and greater powers to ensure the UK is no longer a safe haven for the oligarchy and their enablers.

17:15, 15 March 2022

10 February 2022

The following appeared on the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings record for yesterday (Wednesday 9 February 2022):

10 Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament

The House resumed the debate.

Resolved, That Dame Diana Johnson and Mark Pritchard be removed from the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament under Schedule 1 to the Justice and Security Act 2013 and Maria Eagle and Jeremy Wright be appointed to that Committee under section 1 of that Act.

09:55, 10 February 2022

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 today sent its Report, ‘Extreme Right Wing Terrorism’, to the Prime Minister.

18:30, 17 December 2021

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

24 November 2021

Further to the notification on this website yesterday that confirmation had not yet been received from the Prime Minister in relation to its Annual Report, the Committee received that confirmation this afternoon.

The Annual Report will therefore be laid before Parliament before the House rises for recess.

14:16, 24 November 2021

23 November 2021

On 25 October 2021 the Committee sent its Annual Report 2019-2021 to the Prime Minister.

In accordance with the Justice and Security Act 2013, the Prime Minister must consider whether there is any information in the report which, if published, would be prejudicial to the continued discharge of the functions of the security and intelligence agencies. By convention the Committee requests that the Prime Minister responds within ten working days. This period expired on Monday 8 November. The Committee is still hopeful that the Prime Minister will provide notification by 26 November – the last possible day if the Report (which has already been delayed for six months by late returns by the Government) is to be published before the House rises for Christmas Recess.

17:01, 23 November 2021