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Manchester Declaration

Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Stephen McPartland Stephen McPartland Conservative, Stevenage

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent contribution his Department and its non-departmental public bodies and agencies have made to implementation of the 2005 Manchester Declaration.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Since the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is not predominantly a citizen-facing Department, work under the banner of implementation of the Manchester Declaration has not been collated centrally. However, the MOD has and continues to deliver a range of outputs and initiatives consistent with its aims and intent.

As part of the Cabinet Office-led work on the single domain for Government, gov.uk, the MOD website is due to close by the end of 2012 with all content migrating into gov.uk. The MOD is one of five trail-blazing Departments taking part in this early stage of populating gov.uk.

Increasingly, social media is used to communicate messages about Defence and its outputs and to engage and encourage interaction with the public. There is an official MOD presence on YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.

Within the MOD there is an ongoing programme of roll-out and continuous improvement of electronic services to deliver business processes more effectively and efficiently in areas including procurement, travel, logistics, human resources and finance.

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