MI5: Parliamentary Scrutiny

Home Office written question – answered on 17th November 2015.

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Photo of Douglas Carswell Douglas Carswell UKIP, Clacton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to improve parliamentary oversight of the Security Service.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Justice and Security Act 2013 has already significantly strengthened the Parliamentary oversight of the Security Service and the other intelligence agencies. The Act expanded the powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) by enabling it to oversee operational activities of significant national interest retrospectively, and denying Agency heads the ability to withhold information from the Committee on the grounds of sensitivity. Significant additional resources have also been provided to the ISC.

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