House of Lords written question – answered on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Chidgey Lord Chidgey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government which government department is taking the lead on planning the United Kingdom response to unfolding events in Syria; which departments are being consulted; and whether their work is being directed by the Bringing Stability Overseas Board, the National Security Council or the Cabinet Office.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The National Security Council (NSC) is co-ordinating HMG's response to unfolding events in Syria. The NSC, chaired by the Prime Minister, has discussed the situation in Syria and the collective HMG policy response on a number of occasions, most recently at its meeting on 28 February. The Foreign Office, the Department for International Development and other relevant government departments are represented on the NSC.

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