Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy |
The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) was created to "monitor the implementation and development" of the United Kingdom Government's National Security Strategy". It was first established in the 2005-2010 Parliament, and was reappointed in December 2010 and December 2015. The committee comprises members from the House of Commons and members of the House of Lords.
The committee’s terms of reference are “to consider the National Security Strategy”. It has said that it does not wish to duplicate the work of other select committees, and instead intends to draw on their work. The Committee "scrutinises the structures for Government decision-making on National Security, particularly the role of the National Security Council(NSC) and the UK's National Security Adviser(NSA).
In a press release the chair of the committee said that “the NSC should think strategically, keeping its eye on the longer term and assessing the effect of Departments’ policy proposals. We were stunned that the NSC had not discussed the implications of the major policy changes made last year by the MOD. How it can be strategic if it has not considered the impact of restructuring the Army?”
The Committee published its report into the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) in January 2017 after an eight-month inquiry. The report praised many of the intentions of the CSSF, but criticised its lack of transparency for the purposes of Parliamentary scrutiny. The Committee also noted that the CSSF would be better managed under the control of a single Government Minister, fearing that "collective responsibility will degenerate into no responsibility."