§ The Earl of Northesk
asked Her Majesty's Government:
How they intend to maintain ministerial accountability and effective co-ordinated relations with the Civil Service if the plan to introduce a security-coded Intranet capability is implemented to permit Ministers to communicate directly with each other without going through the formal procedures of meetings and memoranda; and
How the principle of open government can be reconciled with their plan to introduce a security-coded Intranet capability to permit Ministers to communicate directly with each other.
§ Lord McIntosh of Haringey
The Government Secure Intranet is designed to make communications within government faster and more efficient. The Government do not believe it will adversely affect either64WA openness and accountability or the role of the Civil Service in the effective conduct of business.