Minister: Publishing details of Covid vaccine contract is 'national security risk'

29 January 2021, 08:21 | Updated: 29 January 2021, 08:30

EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

The Prisons Minister has told LBC that publishing details of the Covid vaccine contract could be a risk to national security.

Speaking after Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon suggested she may publish details of coronavirus vaccine supplies arriving in the country Lucy Frazer has said it could "risk national security."

Prisons Minister Lucy Frazer was asked by LBC's Nick Ferrari what her thoughts were to the suggestion the details could be published.

"Security is the most important matter," the Minister said in reply.

When Nick asked her why she would be concerned about the publication of the contract the Minister said thus far the Government had published "what was appropriate to publish."

Setting out some of the details which had already been published the Minister then said that would not be the case "if it risks national security for some reason."

Nick then asked, "how does it risk national security?"

The Conservative MP replied that it was her "understanding that it risks national security."

Setting out some details she said, "if we can not vaccinate people and it risks the supply then that is a matter of security."

"How is national security at risk by the publication of this contract," the LBC presenter asked again.

Replying, the Prisons Minister said it "risks security, the security of the vaccine, which risks the security of the people because we do want to vaccinate everybody that needs vaccinating as quickly as possible."

But, the Scottish Government could start publishing details of coronavirus vaccine supplies arriving in the country as early as next week - despite a previous outcry from the UK Government when numbers were made public.

The UK Government previously claimed that setting out how many doses are expected and when could breach commercial confidentiality.

Speaking during First Minister's Questions Nicola Sturgeon recalled that when her Government initially published the expected supply details, she had "the UK Government demanding we took that out of the public domain".


But at the same time she said UK politicians were "quite happy to brief these figures through spin to the media".

As a result of this, she added: "I have said to my officials regardless of what they say, I think we will just go back to publishing the actual supply figures from next week, so that we all have transparency around that."

More Nick Ferrari

See more More Nick Ferrari

Ben Wallace said Putin was a 'lunatic'

Putin a 'lunatic with small man syndrome' says minister as PM blasts 'toxic masculinity'

Russian invasion of Ukraine made Nato 'look again' at military capability, says defence chief

Russian invasion of Ukraine made Nato 'look again' at military capability, says defence chief

There's an 'ethical and political vacuum in No10', says former chief of staff

There's an 'ethical and political vacuum in No10', says former chief of staff

Nick Ferrari grilled Priti Patel on her Rwanda migrant plan.

Rwanda migrant plan is not 'appalling' but 'should be a deterrent', Priti Patel tells LBC

Exclusive
Lord Bilimoria, outgoing president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) speaks to Nick Ferrari at Breakfast.

'Reduce taxes now': Outgoing CBI chief calls on Rishi to slash 'highest taxes in 70 years'

Grant Shapps has criticised the RMT leader Mick Lynch.

Rail strike called under 'false pretences' by RMT's '1970s union baron' boss, says Shapps

Ofgem chief warns price cap hike 'could be more' than predicted £800

Ofgem chief warns price cap hike 'could be more' than predicted £800

Exclusive
The chairman of Network Rail Sir Peter Hendy has told LBC the industry can be run more effectively with fewer staff.

'Steam age' railway can be run more effectively with fewer staff, rail boss says

Rail strikes will cause "misery for millions"

'Driving unrest and stoking unrealistic expectations': Minister slams RMT ahead of strikes

'What's the point of advisors?!': Nick Ferrari baffled by resignation of Lord Geidt

'What's the point of advisors?!': Nick Ferrari baffled by resignation of Lord Geidt

The minister was speaking to LBC 's Nick Ferrari

Minister calls on Mayor of London to drop congestion charge on rail strike days

Nick reacts to the cancellation of the Rwanda flight

'Who runs Britain?': Nick Ferrari slams 'lefty lawyers' for 'holding UK hostage'

Exclusive
High Court judge has ruled Archie's treatment should be stopped and his life support turned off

'He won't give up': Archie Battersbee's mum vows to fight ruling to end son's life

RMT boss can't rule out general strike and warns 'rich have never been richer'

RMT chief doesn't rule out general strike and says 'rich have never been richer'

Exclusive
The Prime Minister was speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari

Boris Johnson says he is 'bringing in tax cuts as fast as we can'

Exclusive
Boris Johnson defended the government's Rwanda migrant plans

'It’s the government’s job': PM hits back at Charles in Rwanda migrants flights row