Minchin later questioned why the report had only just been released, despite the Government having the knowledge of it for some time.
Shapps explained: “Well to be clear, the report came in, of course, and then the election happened. It’s taken a while as you rightly point out – not without some controversy – for the parliamentary committee whose job it was to issue this report to be formed and issue it, which was done promptly on their formation.
“So there has been a bit of time but as I’ve explained, we haven’t been sitting on our laurels as a Government, we’ve been looking at this new form of law which would be about the registration of foreign agents. So if somebody has not registered, that becomes an immediate reason for them to be extradited or sent away from the country.
“We’ve not been sitting on it, we have been working on it. It’s not just me saying this, this morning, we’ve been saying these things to Parliament during this period that we’re working on this new form of legislation,” insisted the minister.
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