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International Development written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what guidance is issued to members of his Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material relating to their official duties; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander The Secretary of State for International Development

All authorship and publication by Department for International Development (DFID) staff of material which draws on official information or experiences is governed by the Civil Service Code, which states:

"You must not:...disclose official information without authority. This duty continues to apply after you leave the Civil Service".

Guidance to DFID staff states that if they wish to publish books or other works (articles, electronic media including blogs, broadcasts etc.) which draw on official information or experiences, they must, at the outset, apply for permission to do so from the Director of Finance and Corporate Performance (FCPD). If initial permission is granted, they must then submit the final text for scrutiny and clearance to the Director FCPD before proceeding with the publication.

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