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Defence Committee to haul in MoD over Government response to Operation Isotrope migrant crossings report

19 May 2022

The Defence Committee will be calling in the Ministry of Defence for a public evidence session following a “disrespectful and unsatisfactory” Government response to the Committee’s report “Operation Isotrope: the use of the military to counter migrant crossings” (which was published in March 2022).

Vice Chair's comment

Vice-Chair of the Defence Committee, John Spellar MP, said: “As a Committee, we reject assertions made in the Government’s response to our report and find it both disrespectful and unsatisfactory. There continue to be questions for the Government to answer concerning the impact on the Royal Navy, the demands placed by Operation Isotrope, and the commitment to ensuring any new vessels are built in British yards.

“Given the paucity of the Government’s response to our report, we will be calling in the Ministry of Defence to face questions in public and we will press the MoD for proper, substantive answers to the issues raised in our report.”

Background to Defence Committee report - Operation Isotrope: the use of the military to counter migrant crossings” (11 March 2022)

The Defence Committee’s original report, “Operation Isotrope: the use of the military to counter migrant crossings” was published on 11 March 2022. Report available here and news item here.

The report raised a series of questions concerning Operation Isotrope, including pressure on the MOD from the introduction of the policy, a lack of clarity around the announcement, and potential reputational risk for the Royal Navy.

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