Local Government: Publicity

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when all publications and literature, including press releases and statements made by officials on behalf of his Department will be politically impartial in accordance with the principles and requirements of the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Departmental publications and press releases on www.gov.uk already follow the comparable guidance for central Government, including (i) the Cabinet Office's Propriety Guidance which covers political activity and paid publicity and (ii) the prevailing purdah guidance issued by the Cabinet Secretary on publicity during election and referendum periods.

The Cabinet Office has also published specific guidance to non-departmental public bodies prohibiting the hiring of lobbyists to lobby Government, and which addresses inappropriate attendance at party conferences and advertising.

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