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Roger Hurn Special Study commissioned


After the Cold War the budgeting processes for the intelligence agencies changed. Indirectly this led to greater challenge from the Treasury. In late 1994 the Treasury and the Foreign Office agreed to a 'Special Study' of GCHQ. This study was led by Roger Hurn, Director of Smiths Industries. Those addressing the issue of the future of GCHQ included Alice Perkins (Treasury) and David Omand (Ministry of Defence). The result was a cut in the GCHQ budget of 20% and considerable reshaping of its activities. The most radical outcome was the transformation of GCHQ's information assurance (comsec) arm to a cost recovery basis, charging its customers for provision.