Department for International Trade: Email

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 26 July 2021.

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Photo of Florence Eshalomi Florence Eshalomi Labour/Co-operative, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether (a) she and (b) other Ministers of her Department have used personal email addresses to conduct Government business.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

Ministers will use a range of digital forms of communication for discussions in line with relevant guidance on information handling and security.

Ministers will have informal conversations from time to time, in person or remotely, and significant content relating to government business from such discussions is passed back to officials.

The Cabinet Office has previously published guidance on how information is held for the purposes of access to information, and how formal decisions are recorded for the official record. Ministers are also given advice on the security of electronic communications.

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