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Defence: Expert Capability

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recommendations the Cabinet Office review of the UK's civilian expert capability made in relation to the operation of his Department; and what steps are being taken to implement them. (253957)

The Cabinet Office Review of the UK's civilian expert capacity, agreed by National Security, International Relations and Development Overseas and Defence sub-committee Ministers on 21 January 2009, recommended enhancing the role of the Cross-Departmental Stabilisation Unit jointly managed by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD), to allow it to become the primary Government delivery unit for deploying high quality civilian experts, as part of improving the overall effectiveness of our deployable civilian capability. An implementation team, drawn from the FCO, DFID and the MOD is being established to take forward the review's recommendations, including the proposal to transfer the management of secondments to multilateral missions, such as the EU and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, from the FCO to the Stabilisation Unit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2009, Official Report, column 1519W, on armed conflict: reconstruction, if he will place a copy of the Cabinet Office review of the UK's civilian expert capability in the Library. (253964)

The recommendations of the Cabinet Office Review into Stabilisation and Civil Effect were presented to Ministers as a Cabinet Sub-Committee Paper. The Cabinet Office has advised that this paper should not be placed in the Library. Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet Committees, including Cabinet Committee papers, is generally not disclosed as to do so could be prejudicial to the formulation of policy through full and frank discussion.