Coming in from the cold: bringing the Intelligence and Security Committee into Parliament

Defty, Andrew (2018) Coming in from the cold: bringing the Intelligence and Security Committee into Parliament. Intelligence & National Security, 34 (1). pp. 22-37. ISSN 1743-9019

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Abstract

The establishment of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) in 1994 for the first time allowed British parliamentarians access to intelligence agency staff and records. However, as a committee of parliamentarians, but not a parliamentary committee, the ISC was a constitutional anomaly. In 2013, significant reforms reconstituted the ISC as a parliamentary committee, with enhanced powers and an expanded mandate. Drawing on interviews with ISC members and detailed examination of committee business, this article examines the impact of recent reforms. It argues that while reform has had a significant impact on the committee, in a number of respects it remains strongly constrained by government.

Additional Information:The final published version of this article can be accessed online at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02684527.2018.1513441
Keywords:Intelligence Studies, Parliament, British Politics, Surveillance
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L435 Security Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:33794
Deposited On:17 Oct 2018 08:11

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