Educating parliamentarians about intelligence: the role of the British Intelligence and Security Committee

Defty, Andrew (2008) Educating parliamentarians about intelligence: the role of the British Intelligence and Security Committee. Parliamentary Affairs, 61 (4). pp. 621-641. ISSN 0031-2290

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsn024

Abstract

In the wake of 9/11, the war in Iraq and the terrorist attacks in London, the Westminster parliament has become increasingly involved in the scrutiny of legislation and policy related to the use of intelligence. Yet until recently parliamentary scrutiny of intelligence in the UK was limited and uninformed. The creation of a parliamentary intelligence oversight committee in 1994 for the first time allowed for parliamentary scrutiny of the intelligence agencies. This article aims to assess whether parliament has begun to understand about intelligence since the establishment of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). It considers whether parliament and parliamentary committees in particular have a role to play in allowing
parliamentarians to develop expertise in particular policy areas, and then questions whether the ISC has, through its membership and its published output, served to generate a wider parliamentary understanding of intelligence.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Parliament, intelligence services
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L435 Security Policy
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:3664
Deposited By: Andrew Defty
Deposited On:13 Feb 2012 20:55
Last Modified:17 Jul 2014 12:17

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