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Government Departments: Research

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN HL5798, tabled on 2 March 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond to the report Missing Evidence: An Inquiry into the delayed publication of government-commissioned research published in June 2016 and whether they intend to publish an online register of government commissioned research.

Answered on

13 March 2017

This government is committed to being the most transparent government in the world. We believe that access to research is fundamental to effective policy development and wider scientific inquiry across government. The report is a useful contribution to work in this area.

While the publication of individual pieces of research is a decision for individual government departments, the Government Digital Service (GDS) is committed to ensuring users can find the content they need on Gov.uk; users are able to search and filter relevant policy and research papers from government departments and agencies. GDS is also undertaking work to improve data discovery tools, building on the data.gov.uk platform, to make it easier for government departments to publish data they hold and for external users to find it. This will help to improve the quality of data descriptions so finding the right data will become easier for our users.

Answered by

Cabinet Office