Ministry of Justice: Meetings

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 25th November 2021.

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Photo of Owen Thompson Owen Thompson SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department’s process is for (a) recording and (b) keeping minutes of all meetings relating to Government business.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) , Assistant Whip

Formal, structured meetings are usually minuted, however, not all meetings need to be minuted. It is expected that the general guidance that departments give to their staff will help officials make judgements as to what meetings need to be minuted, noting their Civil Service Code obligation to ‘keep accurate official records.’

Specific procedures are in place for external meetings involving ministers. These are publicly available and can be found in the Guidance on the management of Private Office Papers.

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