To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps they are taking to help ensure that their Department (a) gives sufficient attention to long term strategic challenges, (b) does not allow current events to slow down work on long term strategic issues and (c) consistently undertakes horizon scanning.
Defra has an overall Strategy Group which works on horizon scanning and long-term strategic coherence through internal business planning, resilience, risk and capability work. This function also exists and is prioritised within the Chief Scientist’s office and individual policy areas, such as climate adaptation, food security and water policy. The majority of Defra officials contribute to Defra’s coherent strategic picture.
Under Rishi Sunak, this Conservative Government will always look to make the right long-term decisions for the country.