• ISC Report On Russia

    02 January 2020

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) report on Russia.

    The ISC provides invaluable scrutiny and oversight of the work of the intelligence community to Parliament, and I am grateful to it for conducting this timely inquiry into the Government’s work on Russia. Russia’s reckless behaviour in Salisbury and Amesbury shows that, now more than ever, the UK cannot afford to be complacent about the Russian threat.

    As the ISC deals with matters of national security and intelligence, its reports always contain sensitive information, so it is entirely right that they go through an intensive security review before publication. This report is one of a number of ISC reports that the Government are currently considering. In accordance with the Justice and Security Act 2013, the impact of releasing sensitive information must be carefully considered by the Prime Minister on the advice of civil servants. It is crucial to not rush the process and risk undermining national security.

    I would add that the current length of time that this report has been with the Government is not unusual. There is no set timeline within the memorandum of understanding with the ISC for the Government to clear such reports for publication, and under the same memorandum there is no set timeline for a response, nor is such a deadline set in the governing legislation. The Prime Minister will respond to the ISC’s request to publish this report in due course.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mel Stride MP

    MP for Central Devon