Royal United Services Institute & Security Intelligence Studies Group

Conference, Thursday, March 15 2001

Venue: RUSI, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

The Oversight of Security and Intelligence

09.30 Registration/Coffee

10.00 Welcome (Director, RUSI; Convenor, SISG)

10.15 Keynote address (Tom King MP): ‘Oversight and the I&SC: the view from within.’

10.45 Jack Straw MP, Home Secretary: ‘Oversight: the view from Government’

11.15 Stephen Lander, Director General, Security Service: ‘Oversight: the view from (one of) the agencies’

1200 Lunch

1300 Panel One: Oversight and the machinery of government - what have been the impact of the various developments since 1989? Where did the idea of the I&SC as a ‘committee of parliamentarians’ come from, what has been its impact on the pre-existing Whitehall intelligence structure and the three main agencies (their policy, expenditure and administration)? How do UK arrangements compare with ‘Washminster’ equivalents? Is the Security Commission redundant?

1430 Tea

1445 Panel Two: Oversight, Parliament and Public - what has been the relationship between Parliament and the new structures of oversight? Should the I&SC be a Select Committee, how has the I&SC dealt with media, how do latter perceive the former? Operating from within the ‘barrier of secrecy’, have the Commissioners, Tribunals and the I&SC succeeded in increasing the sum of Parliamentary and public awareness of security intelligence issues?

1615 Concluding Remarks: whither oversight in the UK?

1630 Close

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