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Foreign Policy

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what units, working groups or task forces her Department has established in the last 12 months on the future direction of the Government's foreign policy; which officials have been appointed to those groups; and if she will make a statement. (133231)

No such units, working groups, or task forces have been established in the last 12 months in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). We have, however, reconstituted the FCO's Policy Planning Staff, a strengthened successor to the Strategic Policy Team. They, and others in the FCO, contributed significantly to the Britain in the World exercise, part of the Pathways to the Future Policy Review, which examined the challenges we face internationally and considered how we can be more effective in achieving our international objectives going forward.