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Risk Assessment

Defence written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what risk registers are held by the public bodies for which his Department is responsible; and if he will make a statement.

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

The following Ministry of Defence (MOD) public bodies keep risk registers relating to the management and mitigation of risk in delivering their business:

Defence Support Group (trading fund)

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (trading fund)

National Army Museum (executive non-departmental public body)

Oil and Pipelines Agency (public corporation)

Royal Air Force Museum (executive non-departmental public body)

UK Hydrographic Office (trading fund).

In addition, the National Museum of the Royal Navy (an executive non-departmental public body) is planning to introduce a risk register.

The MOD operates a risk management process that ensures risks are identified, assessed, controlled and (when necessary) escalated up the command chain for information or mitigating action.

Most of our public bodies have no management need for a formal risk register as their function is principally to act as advisory bodies with risk being managed centrally in the Department.

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