Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: National Security

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22 September 2023.

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

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

Photo of Mark Spencer Mark Spencer The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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 Defra, then they are managed through the department’s risk management processes. For example, in Defra, risk is reported quarterly to the Executive Committee and each of our principal risks is the subject of a rolling programme of deep dives. Our management of risks is in line with the principles outlined in the Government’s Orange Book.

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