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Department of Health and Social Care: Meetings

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 80393, tabled on 23 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department takes to ensure that at least one official from his Department is present during all (a) meetings and (b) phone calls relating to Government business between Ministers and third parties.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

23 December 2021

The Department operates in line with the Ministerial Code which states at 8.14 that “a private secretary or official should be present for all discussions relating to Government business. If a Minister meets an external organisation or individual and finds themselves discussing official business without an official present… any significant content should be fed back to the department as soon as possible”.

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