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Defence Vetting Agency: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Defence written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in his consideration of the merits of merging the Defence Vetting Agency with the vetting services of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and when a decision on this matter will be reached.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence has been working with the Cabinet Office for some time on the opportunities to streamline and simplify security vetting across Government. Currently the processing of vetting is conducted by two organisations, the Defence Vetting Agency and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services. We continue to look closely at what further improvements could be made as part of the overall efficiency and reform agenda while maintaining the highest standards of protection for HMG assets. No decision has been taken about merging vetting services.

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