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Intelligence Services

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 219953, tabled on 6 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how his Department monitors the compliance of the intelligence and security agencies with the Consolidated Guidance to Intelligence Officers and Service Personnel.

Answered on

12 January 2015

Compliance with the Consolidated Guidance is monitored by the Intelligence Services Commissioner, a former high court judge who has independent judicial oversight of the conduct of the Intelligence Agencies. On November 27 the Prime Minister, my right hon Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) gave direction under section 59A of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 placing the Commissioner’s work on a statutory footing. The Intelligence Services Commissioner reports annually to the Prime Minister and publishes a public report.

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