Select Committee on Defence First Special Report

ANNEX G: Committee Recommendations: Progress (continued)

Fifth Report: The Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency (HC 100) Published:10 April 2000
Government Reply: Eighth Special Report (HC 629) Published: 5 July 2000

  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
1.That the MoD takes the opportunity of its response to this report to reassess its approach to what information, within the constraints of national security, might be made public—at least in terms of the machinery for intelligence gathering, if not its 'product'. The MoD should be actively engaged in demonstrating its commitment to Whitehall's efforts to bring about more 'open government'. (para 5) In response to the Committee's recommendation, the MoD reassessed the releasibility of evidence excluded from the report, but concluded that it could not release further details of the UK/US intelligence relationship. Together with the defence correspondent of the Guardian, the Committee subsequently sought a further reassessment by the MoD. The MoD conducted the requested second review, and agreed to release further evidence from its confidentiality. This was published as the Committee's Fourteenth Special Report, 1999-2000 (HC 928)   
2.That the Department makes good progress with the major equipment programmes that the unified agency will inherit (para 11) The now combined project to deliver the two agencies' main systems is 'progressing well'. Its Main Gate approval was expected for July 2000.        
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
3.To evaluate the manpower requirements of the new agency, and to establish a clear strategy to remedy remaining staff and skills shortages. (Para 14) Some measures have been taken in the past year to address some aspects of the staffing problem, and the new DGIA agency will continue to review its manpower requirements and structures.       
4.That if physical collocation were to be shown to offer significant operational benefits, then the one-off costs of bringing staff together should not prevent such a course being followed (para 16) Future collocation is possible, but such a decision would be based on a full investment appraisal of the options.     
5.That there needs soon to be a period of stability in which the benefits of operating as agencies can be fully realised, and care taken that agency mergers avoid loss of focus on outputs required by customers and allow managers to deliver them (Paras 22, 23) The need for care before changing the status or boundaries of agencies is "fully understood", and only follows detailed business analysis and full consultation with customers.     

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