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.
In line with his responsibilities in the Justice and Security Act 2013, the Prime Minister carefully considered and approved the report, and is content that its publication would not prejudice the functions of those bodies that safeguard UK national security.
I have been told that ministers acknowledge the public's interest in the publication of the report, but the report itself is the property of the ISC and so it is not for the Government to publish it. It is for the ISC to lay it before Parliament. Once a new Committee has been established, it will be up to them to choose when they wish to publish it. The process to establish a new Committee has already begun and the Committee is being formed as quickly as current circumstances allow.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP