In essence the Commissioner's role is to:
These functions are set out in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) as amended by the Justice and Security Act 2013.
|Statutory Functions Continued|
|Keeping under review the adequacy of the Part III safeguards of RIPA arrangements in relation to the members of the intelligence services, and in relation to officials of the MOD and members of the armed forces in places other than Northern Ireland.|
|Giving the Investigatory Powers Tribunal all such assistance (including my opinion on any issue falling to be determined by it) as it may require in connection with its investigation, consideration or determination of any matter.|
|Making an annual report to the Prime Minister on the discharge of my functions, with such a report to be laid before Parliament.|
|Advising the Home Office on the propriety of extending the TPIM regime, part of the consultation process under section 21(3) of the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Act 2011.|
|Keeping under review any other aspects of the functions of the intelligence services, or any part of HM Forces or the MOD engaging in intelligence activities, excepting interception of communications, when directed to do so by the Prime Minister.|
Under the Justice and Security Act 2013 the Prime Minister can direct the Commissioner to keep under review any aspect of the functions of the Intelligence Services.
RIPA 2000 has been amended to reflect this:
|Justice and Security Act 2013|
59A Additional functions of the Intelligence Services Commissioner
Last updated: 21 Aug 14
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