The Rt. Hon. Sir Mark Waller was appointed to the role of Intelligence Services Commissioner by the Prime Minister on 1st January 2011. Further details about Sir Mark and his remit can be found on the Intelligence Commissioners’ website
In summary, Sir Mark has a remit to oversee
The Commissioner conducts his oversight through a series of scrutiny visits at the following warrant-issuing departments (WIDs)
- Security Service
- Northern Ireland Office
- Ministry of Defence
- Home Office
- Foreign Office
The Commissioner also meets with the Secretaries of State responsible for these Government Departments on an annual basis, usually in Winter, to discuss the outcomes of his scrutiny visits and other points of note.
The Commissioner is also sent details of breaches of the legislation or codes of practice, which he includes in his Annual Report, which also documents his assessment of the performance of the Intelligence Agencies over the previous year. The Prime Minister lays the Commissioner’s report before both Houses of Parliament each year.