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Departments: Freedom of Information

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions special advisers have been consulted in replying to freedom of information requests to her Department; and what her Department’s policy is on the role of special advisers in the answering of Freedom of Information requests. (119848)

The Department does not keep such records. Special advisers carry out their duties in accordance with the requirements of the “Code of Conduct for Special Advisers”.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on the application of Freedom of Information regulations to private companies performing public services. (120358)

In the course of official business Ministers have regular discussions with other Ministerial colleagues on a wide range of issues.