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Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer from the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, of 10 November 1997, Official Report, column 441, if he will list the e-mail addresses of (a) Ministers, (b) senior officials and (c) chief executives of agencies for which he is responsible. [15871]

[holding answer 13 November 1997]: The Department of Health Internet web site contains e-mail addresses for contact and feedback on various subjects and projects, e.g. Open Government, and the Review of the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work.Apart from the National Health Service Pensions Agency, the agencies for which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is responsible, NHS Estates, Medical Devices Agency and Medicines Control Agency, all have Internet Web sites containing either contact e-mail addresses or telephone numbers.Although none of the contact e-mail addresses currently reaches individual Ministers, senior officials or chief executives, the Department is giving active consideration to a central initiative on the handling of external electronic communications, including the electronic equivalent of paper correspondence to Ministers and named officials.