Intelligence and Security Committee – Russia Report

by Politicker

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) published their long awaited Russia Report today, 21 July 2020.

The ISC is a statutory committee of Parliament that has responsibility for oversight of the UK Intelligence Community. The Committee oversees the intelligence and security activities of the UK, including the policies, expenditure, administration and operations of MI5, MI6 (the Secret Intelligence Service or SIS) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

This report, on Russia, is the result of an Inquiry by the Committee, chaired by Dominic Grieve QC and prepared in October 2019.

Details of the report are available at

http://isc.independent.gov.uk/news-archive/21july2020

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Press Notice

The Government issued a response, available from

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-response-to-intelligence-and-security-committee-russia-report

or a copy here

Government Response (pdf)

The Prime Minister made the following statement:

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC) has today laid before Parliament a report on Russia, examining the Russian threat to the UK and the UK’s response. I welcome the report and thank the former Committee for the work that has gone into this; this has clearly been an extensive effort spanning almost two years.

The Government is publishing its response to the ISC’s Russia Report immediately, recognising the significant public interest in the issues it raises.

Copies of the response have been laid before both Houses.

The Committee has also today laid before Parliament its Annual Report 2018-19. This report highlights the breadth of the Committee’s oversight role and I thank them for their important work.

I would like to thank the former Committee for their work in the last Parliament, and I look forward to working with the newly appointed Committee in the future.