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Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has amended its communications (a) strategy and (b) budget in response to the recommendations of the Transformational Government strategy, with particular reference to environmental communications websites. (120414)

DEFRA fully supports Transformational Government. The Department’s web communications strategy reflects the need to provide more customer-focused information and services via Directgov and Business Link, the Government’s primary websites for citizen and business engagement. DEFRA has established an environment and greener living section on Directgov. This provides practical advice and guidance for citizens at home and at work to help tackle climate change and other environmental issues. It includes sections on shopping, travel, food and drink, waste and recycling, energy and water saving, gardening, and ideas on how to be greener in the workplace, school or community. DEFRA will continue to work closely with other Government Departments and delivery partners to offer a broader range of environmental information via this service.

DEFRA is in the process of reviewing the budgets available for web communications for the next financial year to ensure the Department can deliver the Transformational Government agenda.