§ Tom Brake
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions under what rules his Department must operate when(a) tendering, (b) awarding contracts and (c) commissioning (i) work, (ii) research and (iii) advice to ensure (A) that any (1) advice and (2) reports published remain independent of the Department's own views and (B) that reports published remain unaltered from the original. 
§ Dr. Whitehead
[holding answer 11 March 2002]: When the Department commissions work for research and advice the standard terms and conditions are used. Included within these is a condition that deals with the ownership of the material produced.1093W
In answer to part (A), when the DTLR commission work contractors respond to a specification that would be independent of my Department's view.
In answer to part (B), reports may be published by my Department. In other cases where the research contractor undertakes publication, the Department will have prior sight only.