Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Policy

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office 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 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which Minister in their Department is responsible for overseeing work on long-term strategic challenges; and how many officials in their Department (a) undertake horizon scanning work and (b) focus on delivering long-term priorities.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Liaison Committee recently launched an inquiry into select committee scrutiny of strategic thinking across Whitehall. The Government will be providing written evidence to this in due course.

The FCDO's analytical teams, with partners across government, conduct horizon scanning to inform strategic decision making. These assessments are used in planning and resource decisions to ensure the department can maintain focus on long-term objectives. The FCDO has a range of capability development and learning to equip staff to address long-term strategic challenges.

Under Rishi Sunak, this Conservative Government will always look to make the right long-term decisions for the country.

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