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Armed Conflict: Reconstruction

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the development of a more deployable UK civilian capability, as referred to in his Department’s Autumn 2008 Performance Report. (246257)

A Cabinet Office review of the UK’s civilian expert capacity was completed last year. The key Departments responsible for delivery of this capacity, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Defence and the Stabilisation Unit are now taking forward the recommendations to enhance the effectiveness of our deployable civilian capability, both through improving the quality and readiness of deployable civilian experts from current sources and examining the introduction of new processes for identifying and deploying such personnel.