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Capability Reviews announced for a further three departments

5 April 2006
CAB 015/06

Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell today announced a further three departments undertaking ‘Capability Reviews’. These are the Department of Trade and Industry, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Education and Skills.

The reviews aim to improve the capability of the Civil Service to meet today's delivery challenges and to be ready for tomorrow's.

The reviews will consider capability in the Civil Service in three key areas – leadership, strategy and delivery. Each review aims to identify where departments need to improve, and will include the development of an action plan to address these findings. The programme will be rolled out across 17 departments by the middle of next year.

Sir Gus said:

‘The Capability Review process is well underway now. Announcing this second round of departments shows how we are on track with our determination to develop a world class Civil Service for the 21st century.’

The Review teams will be recruited from outside the departments with the majority of team members coming from outside Whitehall.

Notes to editors

  1. More information about the Capability Reviews is available at [External website]
  2. The Capability Reviews are being supported by the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit.
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