Civil servants do not monitor websites for comments about ministers

July 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm 1 comment

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A government minister has revealed that staff in her department “do not monitor any websites to track the source of remarks posted about ministers.”

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, was answering a written question from Lord Laird.

“To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether civil servants in the Department for Children, Schools and Families monitor They Work For You and other websites to track the source of remarks posted about Ministers; if so, at what grades those civil servants are; how many staff days of work are involved each year; and at what cost.”

She said no such monitoring takes place.

In other written answers, Lord McKenzie of Luton said the government had recruited “6,000 full-time equivalent new staff into customer service operational posts” at Jobcentre Plus since it annouced in April that 10,000 extra staff would be needed.

“Further recruitment is currently ongoing and we are continually reviewing the staffing levels required to meet customer demand,” he added.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked whether “it is a necessary condition of Sir Alan Sugar’s appointment as the Enterprise Champion that he should also be appointed as a member of the House of Lords.”

The TV celebrity and businessman took his seat in the Lords last week as Baron Sugar of Clapton in the London Borough of Hackney.

Lord Young of Norwood Green, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, gave a short response:

“It is not.”

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  • 1. New Deal Scandal  |  July 27, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    The Government continuously monitors my website – they become very anxious for some reason.

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