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Departments: Handbooks

Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 630W, on departments: handbooks, if he will place in the Library a CD-Rom containing the details of the terms and conditions of service for staff of his Department. (133922)

Development of Conditions of Service policies in DWP is a continuous evolutionary process. A number of the corporate policies also take the form of policy frameworks, stating broad principles within which individual DWP businesses are permitted to develop their own Conditions of Service policies according to the services they deliver.

The effect of this is that a CD-Rom of the Conditions of Service material would only be accurate, relevant and up-to-date on the day it was created, and would not have the functionality to link to other sources of information referred to within the policy material or to business specific policy material.

Therefore while there are no plans to place a CD-ROM in the Library Members who want access to specific Conditions of Service policies should contact:

Kevin White, DWP's Human Resources Director General about corporate policies or the relevant business Chief Executive in constituent specific cases, and request a CD-ROM of the specific policy material.