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Government Departments: Internet

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Minister for Digital Engagement has taken to promote the use of blogs within Government in the last 12 months. (274579)

12 months ago I launched the Power of Information Task Force to look at social media use within Government. As part of that work the Government has clarified that civil servants can blog and how they should act at

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/work/codes/participation-online.aspx

accompanied by guidance from COI at

http://www.coi.gov.uk/guidance.php?page=264

The task force published its report on 2 February 2009 setting out 25 detailed recommendations on how Government should act online. The Government response of 13 May 2009 can be found on

http://blogs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/digitalengagement

Copies of the documents have been placed in the Library of the House.