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Whitehall: capacity to address future challenges

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The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is carrying out an inquiry into Whitehall’s capacity to anticipate, to analyse, to assess, and to respond to the most significant challenges (risks and opportunities) facing the UK in the next decade or so. This includes scrutinising Whitehall capabilities for foresight and for reaction to the unforeseen, as well as the adequacy of current capabilities, the need for new capabilities in the future, and the conduct of strategy and leadership.

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  • Whitehall: capacity to address future challenges | PDF version (PDF390 KB) HC 669 | Published 07 Nov 2014

    Evidence given by Professor Robert Hazell CBE, Director, University College London Constitution Unit, James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre, Iain Gray CBE, Chief Executive, Innovate UK, Technology Strategy Board, Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility, Professor Michael Clarke, Director General, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation, and Professor Dame Julia Slingo OBE, Chief Scientist, The Met Office