National Security Council (United Kingdom)

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United Kingdom
National Security Council
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Committee overview
Formed 12 May 2010
Committee executives David Cameron, Prime Minister, Chair
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Chair
Parent department Cabinet Office

The National Security Council (NSC) of the United Kingdom is a Cabinet Committee tasked with overseeing all issues related to national security, intelligence coordination, and defence strategy. The NSC was established on 12 May 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron. The Council will coordinate responses to threats faced by the United Kingdom and integrating at the highest level the work of relevant government entities with respect to national security.[1]

Council members[edit]

The NSC's members are as follows:

Officeholder Office(s)
The Rt Hon. David Cameron MP Prime Minister (Chair)
The Rt Hon. Nick Clegg MP Deputy Prime Minister (Deputy Chair)
The Rt Hon. George Osborne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Rt Hon. William Hague MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
The Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP Secretary of State for Defence
The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP Secretary of State for the Home Department
The Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP Secretary of State for International Development
The Rt Hon. Ed Davey MP Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
The Rt Hon. Danny Alexander MP Chief Secretary to the Treasury
The Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP Minister for Government Policy

In addition, other government ministers, senior officials, military and intelligence officers, and civil servants will attend as necessary. There are two subcommittees of the NSC,[2] Nuclear Deterrence and Security and Threats, Hazards, Resilience and Contingencies. The Leader of the Opposition, The Rt Hon. Ed Miliband MP, is an attendee on an occasional basis.

National Security Adviser[edit]

The Council's structures will be formulated by the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser (NSA). The first National Security Adviser of the United Kingdom was Sir Peter Ricketts,[3] who was previously Permanent Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He handed over to Sir Nigel Kim Darroch in January 2012. The National Security Adviser is a Civil Service position based in the Cabinet Office and heads up a team called the National Security Secretariat.

There are two Deputy National Security Advisers, one for Foreign Policy and the other for Intelligence Security & Resilience.[3]


  1. ^ "Press Notice: Establishment of a National Security Council". 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cabinet Committee Memberships". Cabinet Office HM Government. June 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Cabinet Office Structure Charts, page 12". Cabinet Office HM Government. May 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. [dead link]

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