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Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed the Intelligence and Security Committee committee's finding that eavesdropping agency GCHQ did not use a secret US programme.
"I see daily evidence of the integrity and high standards of the men and women of GCHQ. The ISC's findings are further testament to their professionalism and values," he said.
"The Intelligence and Security Committee is a vital part of the strong framework of democratic accountability and oversight governing the use of secret intelligence in the UK.
"It will continue to have the full co-operation of the Government and the security and intelligence agencies", he added.
The Intelligence and Security Committee has expressed concern over the adequacy of the current legal framework for the intercept of communications in the UK.
A report said: "In some areas the legislation is expressed in general terms and more detailed policies and procedures have, rightly, been put in place around this work by GCHQ in order to ensure compliance with their statutory obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998".
"We are therefore examining the complex interaction between the Intelligence Services Act, the Human Rights Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, and the policies and procedures that underpin them further."
The committee's comments came as it found Britain did not use a secret US programme to access internet providers in order to circumvent UK laws.
Britain's electronic eavesdropping agency -GCHQ- did not use a secret US programme to access internet providers in order to circumvent UK laws, a parliamentary committee has said.
The Intelligence and Security Committee said it was satisfied that reports produced by GCHQ based on information supplied by the US had conformed with its statutory duties.
It said that, in each case where GCHQ sought information from the US, an intercept warrant signed by a minister was already in place.
The report follows allegations based on disclosures by US whistleblower Edward Snowden that GCHQ used the American National Security Agency's Prism programme to access material from the leading internet companies.