Mandarins Unpeeled: Memoirs and Commentary by Former Ministers and Civil Servants; Fourteenth Report of Session 2007-08; Report and Appendices, Together with Formal Minutes
The Stationery Office, Aug 5, 2008 - Civil service - 22 pages
This report follow the Committee's fifth report of July 2006, HC 689, session 2005-06 (ISBN 9780215030221). Their inquiry then revealed that "guidance on the publication of memoirs is weak, processes for clearance are ill-defined, and there have been no effective legal sanctions against those who publish without agreement". Since that report the flow of the publication of political memoirs has continued and it is felt that the issue remain current. In the current report the focus is on the following two questions: whether it is right that the Government should have the final say on what information can be included in memoirs; and whether revisions made the Foreign Office to its rules have unduly limited diplomats' ability to contribute to public debate
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Administration Select Committee Advisory Committee Alistair Campbell approving memoirs arbiter Cabinet Office civil servants Civil Service Management Clare Short Commentary by Former Committee on Memoirs confidentiality clauses content of memoirs Craig Murray David Blunkett Diplomatic Service Regulation disclosure of information excessively wide-ranging Foreign Office former diplomats former members former ministers former public servants Freedom of Information Gordon Prentice Government Response Government's response Home Civil House of Commons Information Act Information Commissioner intent and implication James Gerard John Prescott judging public interest Julie Morgan July Kelvin Hopkins London Martin Narey Ministers and Civil MP Labour Paragraph particular information Paul Rowen Political Memoirs present rules Public Administration Select publication of memoirs Publication of Political published Report of Session Report Sixth Report rules are excessively sense and judgement Service Management Code Sir Christopher Meyer Sir Edward Clay Sir Gus O'Donnell Sir Peter Ricketts taken to judging Whitehall Confidential wide-ranging and oppressive