heavily involved in the latest round of Foresight, according to the
second progress report on Foresight activity across Whitehall.
Science minister Lord Sainsbury said:
challenges of the future. It is central to the government's objective
of enhancing the UK's competitiveness and quality of life.
'I am delighted to see that involvement in Foresight across
government continues to increase. The Foresight emphasis on
forward-looking policy development and the involvement of
stakeholders in the decision-making process, reflect the objectives
for government as outlined in the Modernising Government white paper
published at the end of March.'
The progress report indicates the growing emphasis of Foresight on
policy making and the high level of commitment across Whitehall to
the new round which began on 1 April. Examples include:
DETR and DfEE helping panels to drive forward their work on the
underpinning themes of sustainable development and education,
training and skills respectively.
Departments using Foresight panels to inform long term policy
development. For example, the work of the crime prevention panel is
being funded by the home office and will feed directly into its Crime
Reduction Strategy; and the Scottish Office is working towards
publishing a Scottish Action Plan for Foresight in November 2000.
ongoing action to support initiatives addressing Foresight
priorities, for example through the LINK scheme for pre-competitive
making most government information available on the worldwide web
accessible and fully searchable through the single access point of
the Foresight knowledge pool. Government departments, research
councils and the wider public sector will also feed material directly
into the knowledge pool to inform the work of Foresight panels and
Copies of the report, Whitehall Foresight Progress Report March
1999, can be obtained free of charge by faxing a request to the
Office of Science and Technology, 0171 215 6715.
An Audit of Foresight activity across Whitehall was commissioned
in May 1997 by the then president of the Board of Trade, Margaret
Beckett, to assess the level of Foresight activity in government
departments and identify areas where more emphasis was required. The
findings were published on 22 October 1997 and represent a benchmark
against which future progress could be measured. The first progress
report was published in June 1998.