Who does UK National Strategy? - Public Administration Committee Contents


Appendix 1

Parliamentary Questions about departmental capacity for National Strategy

Mr Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff his Department employs to consider (a) departmental and (b) national strategy; what output such staff are required to produce; and if he will make a statement.

Dr Fox: The Director General Strategy is responsible for the Defence contribution to cross-Whitehall strategy. He has three teams focused principally on this work. They currently comprise 46 staff. Their main outputs are the Defence Strategic Direction, Defence Plan and, at the moment, the Defence contribution to the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

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Mr Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff his Department employs to consider (a) departmental and (b) national strategy; what output such staff are required to produce; and if he will make a statement.

Mr Davey: The Prime Minister wrote to Cabinet colleagues on 29 May 2010 setting out that organograms for central Government Departments and agencies that include all staff positions would be published in a common format from October 2010.

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills will therefore shortly be publishing an organogram that includes role descriptions and numbers of staff as at 30 June 2010.

It is difficult to state what constitutes "Departmental" and "National" strategy, as most staff will work on formulating or co-ordinating departmental or national policies or sometimes a combination of both.

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Mr Jenkin: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff his Department employs to consider (a) departmental and (b) national strategy; what output such staff are required to produce; and if he will make a statement.

Justine Greening: The Treasury has a central role in the development and implementation of strategy on a national scale, on both the economy and the public finances. The Treasury's departmental strategy is designed to support the Department in discharging this responsibility effectively. As this is the Treasury's central responsibility, the majority of the Department are involved in this endeavour.

All Departments are currently producing business plans which outline forward strategy and structural reforms. These plans will be published following conclusion of the spending review.

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Mr Jenkin: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff (a) his Department and (b) the Prime Minister's Office employs to consider (i) departmental and (ii) national strategy; what output such staff are required to produce; and if he will make a statement.

Mr Maude: As part of the Government's transparency agenda, the Cabinet Office will be publishing an organogram in the autumn which includes job descriptions and number of staff working in each area.

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Mr Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff his Department employs to consider (a) departmental and (b) national strategy; what output such staff are required to produce; and if he will make a statement.

Alistair Burt: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary expects all senior staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to make an appropriate contribution to the strategy of the FCO and of the UK, and to co-ordination through the National Security Council (NSC), within the strategic framework set by the Government. 15 staff are currently employed in the Central Policy Group, which co-ordinates the FCO's relationship with the NSC and facilitates high-level strategic discussion within the FCO.

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