Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2007-2008
The Stationery Office, Mar 5, 2009 - Political Science - 52 pages
The focus of this Report is the administration, policy and finance of the three Agencies - the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) - and issues concerning the wider intelligence community. The Agencies' resources have increased, and will continue to increase over the next three years, but they still have to make difficult decisions about priorities, often on a daily basis. The stark reality is that they cannot cover all the threats to the level desired. This report examines all the challenges the Agencies face in allocating their resources, how they use those resources, and how to ensure they are providing value for money (particularly in the current economic climate). It also examines common areas of concern such as resilience. The Report also examines the work of the wider intelligence community: it is clear that the Agencies can not work in isolation, and therefore in overseeing them the Committee must also examine the work of others. The Report therefore also comments on the Government's counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) and the work of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism in the Home Office; the intelligence structure in the Cabinet Office (including the Joint Intelligence Committee and the Assessments Staff); other Agencies within the community, such as the Defence Intelligence Staff, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure; and issues which affect the community as a whole such as the use of intercept material as evidence in court, and the SCOPE IT system.
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Annual Report areas Assessments Staff budget business continuity Cabinet Office Cabinet Secretary challenge Chief of SIS Chilcot Committee welcomes Committee's counter-terrorism David Omand Defence Intelligence Staff Director of GCHQ efficiency savings ensure expenditure focus GCHQ's Government Communications Headquarters Head of Intelligence HM Treasury Home Office improve increase Information Assurance Intelligence Analysis intelligence and security Intelligence Services Act intercept material International counter-terrorism international terrorism investigations JIC Chairman Joint Intelligence Committee Joint Terrorism Analysis JTAC July Kim Howells Margaret Beckett million National Infrastructure National Security Strategy Northern Ireland Official Secrets Act Oral evidence organisation overseas oversight paragraph plans Prime Minister priorities Professional Head programme projects role Secret Intelligence Service security Agencies Security Committee Security Service Service's Services Act 1994 SIGINT Sir David SIS told SIS's targets Terrorism Analysis Centre threat told the Committee UK intelligence violent extremism