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Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Annual Report 2008 - 2009

Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's Annual Report 2008 - 2009

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Government Response tothe Intelligence and SecurityCommittee’s Annual Report2008–2009
Presented to Parliament by the Prime Minister  by Command of Her MajestyMarch 2010
Cm 7808 £5.50
Crown copyright 2010
The text in this document (excluding the Royal Arms and other departmental or agencylogos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium providing it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. The material must be acknowledged asCrown copyright and the title of the document specified.Where we have identified any third-party copyright material, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned.For any other use of this material please contact the Office of Public Sector Information,Information Policy Team, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU.Email: licensing@opsi.gsi.gov.uk.ISBN: 978-0-10-178082-7Printed in the UK by The Stationery Office Limited on behalf of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office.ID 2349641 03/10Printed on paper containing 75% recycled fibre content minimum.
The Government is grateful to the Intelligence and Security Committee for providingindependent and effective parliamentary oversight of the intelligence and securityAgencies and for producing its latest Annual Report.The Committee’s report contains a number of conclusions and recommendations. Theseare set out below (in
), followed immediately by the Government’s response.Redactions are indicated by *** in the text.
A. The Committee considers it essential that the Agencies are able to consolidatethe gains they have been able to achieve in recent years in terms of resourcesand capability. We would be concerned if the Agencies were to suffer real-termcuts in the short or medium term.
The Government notes the Committee’s comments. The Government recognises thecurrent delivery pressures on the Agencies (many of which are reected in the Committee’sreport) and the impact of the pace of change in technology. These, and other pressures,will require the Agencies to make signicant investments in order to maintain their capabilities and consolidate the recent developments. In the current nancial climate,however, it is likely that this will mean some difcult choices ahead.
B. It is essential that Government Communications Headquarters signalsintelligence capability is maintained and indeed strengthened through itsSignals Intelligence Modernisation Programme. However, given theconsiderable sums of money involved, it is also essential that the work iseffectively overseen. We welcome the fact that GCHQ has now introducedimproved contract management mechanisms.
The Government welcomes the Committee’s recognition that GCHQ’s technical investment programme (SIGMOD) is critical to the maintenance of signals intelligence capability ina rapidly changing digital world. GCHQ continues to put considerable effort into rening programme governance in order to allow for agile and rapid delivery as well as for robustnancial and project oversight. GCHQ welcomes the Committee’s recognition of recentimprovements to contract management.
C. The Committee had previously been told that it was “very unlikely” that GCHQwould ever be able to meet the performance targets agreed with the SecurityService. We are therefore reassured that GCHQ now believes it is able to meetSecurity Service key requirements.

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