Department for Education: National Security

Department for Education written question – answered at on 20 September 2023.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether their Department has a Chief Risk Officer responsible for national security risks relating to the work of their Department.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Government identifies and assesses risks to the nation through; the internal classified National Security Risk Assessment, and the external National Risk Register, the most recent version of which was published in August.

As set out in the UK Government Resilience Framework, each risk in the National Security Risk Assessment is owned and managed within Lead Government Departments.

Where those risks, including national security risks, relate to the work of the Department for Education they are managed through the Department’s risk management processes. This includes oversight from a Chief Risk Officer.

For example, within the Cabinet Office, risk is managed and recorded through centralised risk registers that are reported monthly to the Performance and Risk Committee and quarterly to the Executive Committee.

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