Thursday 2 April 2009

Intelligence Services Commissioner

The Prime Minister has approved the re-appointment of The Right Honourable Sir Peter Gibson as Intelligence Services Commissioner under the terms of Section 59 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. This reappointment is from 1 April 2009 until 31 March 2012.

Biographical Notes

The Right Honourable Sir Peter Gibson (74) was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1960. He served as a Justice of the High Court, assigned to the Chancery Division, from 1981 to 1993 and was Chairman of the Law Commission from 1990 to 1992. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1993 and retired from that office in 2005. He was appointed Intelligence Services Commissioner on 1 April 2006.

Notes for Editors

Section 59 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 provides for the Prime Minister to appoint an Intelligence Services Commissioner who must be a person who holds or has held high judicial office within the meaning of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876. The Intelligence Services Commissioner is appointed for a period of three years with the possibility of re-appointment.

The responsibility of the Commissioner is to keep under review the issue of warrants by the Secretary of State authorising intrusive surveillance and interference with property, in order to ensure that these were issued on a proper basis. At the end of each calendar year, the Commissioner submits a report to the Prime Minister that is subsequently laid before Parliament and published.


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