The UK National Security Council

Published Monday, January 11, 2016

The Commons Library has published a briefing paper on the UK National Security Council (NSC). Using a Q&A format, the briefing provides basic information about its origins, mandate and operation.

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The NSC was established in May 2010, immediately after the coming into office of the previous Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. It had been a long-standing pledge of the Conservative Party and featured in the coalition agreement. Since 2010 it has become an established part of the infrastructure of government. Indeed, an increasingly large amount of public money is now coming under its ambit.

Other relevant briefings are:

The 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (12 January 2016)

The 2015 UK National Security Strategy (14 December 2015)

A brief guide to previous British defence reviews (19 November 2015)

The 2015 SDSR: a primer (19 November 2015)

The coming UK 2015 National Security Strategy – advance insights into the financial context (Library blog, 6 November 2015)

Replacing the UK's Trident Nuclear Deterrent (26 October 2015)

Defence Expenditure - NATO 2% Target (21 October 2015)

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