Department for Education: Brexit

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st October 2019.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what amount his Department has spent on the Getting Ready for Brexit campaign since 23 July 2019; which companies have been awarded contracts by his Department as part of the Getting Ready for Brexit campaign; whether (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants including special advisers declared any interests in relation to those contracts; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the civil service code values of transparency and impartiality are maintained through the effective governance of communications on the UK's departure from the EU.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department has not spent any money on the Getting Ready for Brexit campaign since 23 July 2019. No contracts have been awarded by the Department as a part of this campaign.

The Department is providing its own guidance to the education sectors that it serves via published information on GOV.UK, support through existing networks, and otherwise through the normal conduct of the day-to-day business of the Government, for which officials are aware of the need to uphold the values of the civil service code. All Departmental communications are subject to rigorous clearance processes.

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