HL Deb 19 May 2004 vol 661 c88WA
Lord Patten

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in the interests of transparency in the separation of governmental and party political activities, they will set up an independent commission to oversee the activities of the Civil Service, including all statistical and information activities, during future election periods and general election campaigns. [HL2745]

Lord Bassam of Brighton

No. As has been the case under successive administrations, the activities of the Civil Service during election campaigns will continue to be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Service Code and with the more detailed guidance issued ahead of each election. Election guidance includes specific advice on statistical and information activities, making clear that in cases of doubt the relevant Head of Profession should be consulted.