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Cabinet Office

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 5 October (WA 435), what steps they are taking to ensure that lessons learnt from previous changes to the machinery of government are taken into account when making such changes in future. [HL192]

The Government carefully consider lessons learnt from past machinery of government changes when formulating machinery of government advice, and generally publish a written document describing significant machinery of government changes. The Cabinet Office has not recently prepared or commissioned reports into machinery of government changes, although a similar report was published in 2002 on the creation of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. A copy is available in the Libraries of the House.