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Departmental Internet

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Wikipedia entries have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) special advisers, (B) Ministers and (C) communications officials and (ii) from IP addresses of (1) special advisers, (2) Ministers and (3) communications officials in (x) his Department and its predecessor and (y) its agencies since August 2005. (185536)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) was created by the Prime Minister on 28 June 2007.

We are not aware of any Wikipedia entries that have been (a) created and (b) amended (i) by (A) special advisers, (B) Ministers and (C) communications officials and (ii) from IP addresses of (1) special advisers, (2) Ministers and (3) communications officials.

However, any input to such websites would be done in accordance with the civil service code which states that civil servants should “use resources only for the authorised public purposes for which they are provided” and “make sure public money and other resources are used properly and efficiently”.