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Civil Servants: Internet

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Cabinet Secretary provides to civil servants on the use of social networking sites and blogs. (198180)

The values and principles set out in the Civil Service Code apply to civil servants' use of online channels (such as blogs and social networking sites) as well as offline activity. Propriety guidance for Government communication also applies. Copies of both documents are in the Library of the House.

In addition the Cabinet Office is also developing guidance for civil servants specifically on the use of social media (including blogs and social networking sites).