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Government Office for the North West

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what rules govern statements made to the press by civil servants in the Government office for the north-west; and who is responsible for authorising such statements. (105850)

All regional media enquiries are directed to the Government News Network which liaises with appropriate officials in the Government office to draft a response which is then cleared with the relevant departmental press office where appropriate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who authorised the recent statement to the Warrington Guardian by the Government office for the north-west on the Omega development. (105851)

The Government office for the north-west was asked by the Warrington Guardian to comment on the Omega case and it provided a factual written statement on the handling of this case. The statement was prepared by Government News Network, in consultation with the relevant Government office director, and was agreed by Communities and Local Government press and policy officials. The statement was issued in accordance with departmental guidelines.