Research, Information and Communications Unit

Home Department written question – answered on 11th December 2007.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Research, Information and Communications Unit was instigated; what factors underlay the decision to create this unit; how many officials are employed in the unit; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

holding answer 10 December 2007

The creation of a Research, Information and Communication Unit (RICU) was announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in March 2007, alongside the creation of the Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), as part of wider machinery of Government changes. RICU is a cross-Government resource, based in the Home Office, reporting to my right hon. Friends the Home Secretary, the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and staffed from a wide range of Government Departments.

The decision to create this Unit was taken to address the need for coherent and effective communications across Government in countering terrorism—in particular to support the strategy of tackling violent extremism locally, nationally and internationally.

A small team is being established, which as at 7 December employs 13 officials. We are in the process of expanding that capacity.

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