Foreign affairs, international trade, defence, and international development

Links to the latest government, parliament and local government consultations relating to foreign affairs, international trade, defence, and international development.

Legislation to counter state threats

UK government consultation | Home Office

This consultation sets out the government’s proposals and seeks input to inform the final policy and legislative proposals. At their core the legislative proposals in the consultation seek to: modernise existing counter espionage laws to reflect the modern threat and modern legislative standards; create new offences, tools and powers to detect, deter and disrupt hostile activity in and targeted at the UK; and improve our ability to protect official data and ensure the associated offences reflect the greater ease at which significant harm can be done. The consultation also considers whether there is the case for new tools and powers to criminalise other harmful activity conducted by, and on behalf of states.


23:45 BST, 22 July 2021

The philosophy and culture of aid

UK Parliament inquiry | International Development Committee, House of Commons

The International Development Committee has launched the second sub-inquiry under its umbrella inquiry into the philosophy and culture of aid. In this sub-inquiry the Committee intends to explore the big, philosophical questions around the purpose and effectiveness of international aid. It is seeking evidence that answers some or all of these important questions and helps to shape conversations on the Government’s international development strategy.


17 September 2021

National Resilience Strategy: Call for Evidence

UK government consultation | Cabinet Office

This Call for Evidence seeks public views to inform the development of a new National Resilience Strategy that will outline an ambitious new vision for our national resilience. It seeks to understand current perceptions of risk and resilience, gather evidence on where improvements could be made, and gauge the UK’s appetite for change. Views are welcome from anyone with an interest in the subject.


23:59 BST, 27 September 2021

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