Home Affairs Committee - Seventeenth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 30 April 2014.


Terms of Reference

1 Introduction

2 Threat Assessment

The United Kingdom



Afghanistan and Pakistan

Horn of Africa


North Africa


3 Foreign Fighters

UK nationals fighting in Syria

Numbers and the threat posed


4 Capacity Building

UK capacity building

Counter Terrorism and Extremism Liaison Officers (CTELOs) Network in action

Funding for capacity building

The European Union

International capacity building efforts

5 The UK's response to the terrorist threat

Countering terrorist activity

Schedule 7

Withdrawal of passports

Citizenship stripping

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

Countering extremist narratives

Countering terrorist financing


The proposal to move counter terrorism to the National Crime Agency

Partnership in the fight against terrorism

6 Oversight of the security and intelligence agencies

Parliamentary oversight

Judicial and expert oversight

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The Data Retention Directive and Section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984..

Annex A: Case chronology of Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed

Annex B: Comparison of the UK and US oversight systems of the security and intelligence agencies

Legislative oversight

Expert oversight

Judicial oversight

UK system of oversight


Parliamentary accountability

Failures of parliamentary accountability

Other systems of accountability

US system of oversight


Congressional accountability

Failures of Congressional accountability

Other systems of accountability



Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Oral Evidence

Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

Graham Eadie, Head of Customer Service Centre, G4S Care and Justice Services, Paul Fernley, Customer Support Manager, G4S Monitoring Technologies Limited, and Kim Challis, CEO, G4S Government and Outsourcing Solutions (held in private and redacted for publication)
David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
Charles Farr, Director General, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office

Alan Rusbridger, Editor, The Guardian
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

Cerie Bullivant
Nigel Inkster, International Institute for Strategic Studies, former Director of Operations, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
Shiraz Maher, Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Kingís College London

Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator, Council of the European Union
Jean-Paul Laborde, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, United Nations

Dr Thomas Hegghammer, Director of terrorism research, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
Professor Sir David Omand, former Head, GCHQ
Sir Anthony May, Interception of Communications Commissioner, and Joanna Cavan, Chief Inspector, Interception of Communications Commissionerís Office

Richard Barrett CMG OBE, Senior Director for Special Projects, Qatar International Academy for Security Studies and The Soufan Group

Rt Hon Sir Mark Waller, Intelligence Services Commissioner
Rt Hon David Davis MP and Nick Pickles, Big Brother Watch
James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Security and Immigration

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Prepared 9 May 2014