HC Deb 10 June 2002 vol 386 c749W
Syd Rapson

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what written instructions the Chief Executive of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency has given to employees of that agency on speaking to their Members of Parliament or local councillors. [60183]

Mr. Ingram

In December 2000, the Chief Executive issued guidance through a memorandum to his employees on contact with MPs as followsIt is a citizen's right in the UK to write to his/her constituency MP on any subject. This absolute right never has or will be challenged in the DARA. Internal correspondence, however, must not be copied to MPs. Any communication with MPs is through Minister (Armed Forces), and via the CE of the Agency. There are no exceptions to this Ministerial direction. If any DARA employee wishes to have an issue raised with their MP, this should be communicated privately from their home address.

No other memorandum has been sent to the workforce since that issue, and the guidance remains unchanged.

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