To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Prime Minister and (b) other Cabinet colleagues on postponing the Integrated Review of foreign policy, defence, security and international development in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
21 April 2020
As Parliament rose earlier than planned and the first day for answer of this PQ was after the Easter recess, due to the pace of developments during the COVID-19 crisis, I submitted a response by email on 3 April, with the following response. The Table Office have agreed this approach.
On the 24 March the Prime Minister wrote to the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and International Development Select Committees informing them that resources from across government and the civil service have been diverted to work on Covid-19, scaling back efforts on the Integrated Review. In his letter, the Prime Minister committed to provide an update once it is clear how and when we will be able to resume full work on the Review.