HC Deb 26 May 2004 vol 421 c1669W
Mr. Allan

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is in respect of the computer file formats used for the(a) distribution and (b) archiving of publicly available documents. [173366]

Mr. Gareth Thomas

Material is produced and distributed using a range of industry standard formats: Hypertext Mark-Up Language (html), Portable Document Format (pdf) and Microsoft Word (doc) as recommended in the "Guidelines for UK Government Websites"—as appropriate to the publication. According to the e-Government agenda, DFID is developing an Electronic Documents and Records Management System which will include a policy on the archiving of electronic files.

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