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Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department has issued to (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers on the use of personal e-mails for official departmental business.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ministers, SPADs and DECC officials are all informed on appointment that non-DECC e-mail accounts should not be used for official departmental business. Ministers also have a personal DECC account which is separate from their shared office mailbox and allows them to communicate by Blackberry. Guidance has been issued for their use.

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