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Government Departments: Power of Information Taskforce

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what changes in practice have been implemented by Government Departments following publication of the final report of the Power of Information Taskforce on 2 March 2009. (292790)

The Government Response to the Power of Information Taskforce Report, published in May, accepted the recommendations of the report in principle. The Cabinet Office, Central Office of Information and the National Archives are leading on delivering these recommendations, including building the capabilities needed to deliver the themes of the Taskforce report across government.

Many Government Departments are already adopting the principles set out in the Taskforce report, including the use of social media techniques to increase engagement and collaboration with citizens in the formation of policy and the delivery of services, an example of which is DEFRA's online consultation on the Food 2030 challenges

An online forum was created enabling the public to discuss their views on the issues facing the food system, providing a space to discuss the shape of the future food system. The public were invited to leave comments and questions which will be used to inform the forthcoming final version of Food 2030.