Intelligence and Security Committee Act Amendment Bill

Intelligence and Security Committee Act Amendment Bill

Member's Bill

Explanatory Note

This bill amends the Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1996 to extend to powers of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

Recent inquiries into Intelligence Agencies in New Zealand have shown that there is some reluctance within the agencies to follow proper processes, and that there are difficulties in ensuring that intelligence and security agencies are held to account for their actions. By extending the jurisdiction of the Intelligence and Security Committee, this bill aims to provide one extra means of ensuring that the intelligence and security agencies comply with their legal obligations.

The bill amends section 6 of the Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1996.

Intelligence and Security Committee Act Amendment Bill

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1. Title
This Act is the Intelligence and Security Committee Act Amendment Act 2015.

2. Commencement
This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it received the Royal Assent.

3. Principal Act
This Act amends the Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1961.

4. Section 6 Amended (Functions of Committee)
Replace section 6 with:
The functions of the Committee are—
(a) to examine the policy, administration, operation and expenditure of each intelligence and security agency:
(b) without limiting paragraph (a), to conduct an annual financial review of the performance of an intelligence and security agency in the previous financial year after the responsible Minister has submitted a copy of the agency's annual report to the Committee:
(c) to consider any bill, petition, or other matter in relation to an intelligence and security agency referred to the Committee by the House of Representatives:
(d) to receive and consider the annual report of each intelligence and security agency:
(e) to consider any matter referred to the Committee by the Prime Minister by reason of that matter's security or intelligence implications:
(f) to receive briefings on, or initiate inquiries into, matters related to intelligence and security or and intelligence and security agency:
(g) subject to section 18,—
(i) to present an annual report to the House of Representatives on the activities of the Committee; and
(ii) to make an annual report publicly available on the Internet site of the New Zealand Parliament:
(h) to consider and discuss with the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security his or her annual report as presented to the House of Representatives under section 27(3) of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996.


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