Innovation and changeDigital TransformationCommons Select Committee launches inquiry into digital government

Commons Select Committee launches inquiry into digital government

Science and Technology Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Digital Government

The Commons Select Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Digital Government – and is inviting written evidence on a raft of issues.

The Digital Government inquiry will look into progress being made by the Government Digital Service (GDS), following the February 2017 publication of the UK Government’s Digital Transformation Strategy and seeks to find out more about the following:

  • The progress of Government digital services, the areas where further development is particularly needed, and how well the UK compares with other countries.
  • How well Government digital services are protected from cyber attacks.
  • How well the Government Digital Service (GDS) has helped spread the use of digital services across Government, including promoting the use of new technologies and uses of data.
  • The digital skills capacity in Government departments and agencies, to be able to deliver effective digital services to the public and businesses.
  • How well the Government and its agencies deploy their datasets to maximise their value for money, effectiveness and delivery of digital services.
  • The extent to which Government datasets are made available to private-sector and academic service developers, and how well its ‘open data’ arrangements are operating.
  • The implications and opportunities for GDS arising from Brexit, including areas where the nature of digital services may have to change.
  • The implications for GDS following the move of its data policy and governance functions from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Submitting written evidence

All submissions must be made by Friday 28 September via the Committee’s inquiry page.

Each submission should:

a) be in Word format with as little use of logos as possible.
b) have numbered paragraphs.
c) include a declaration of interests.

The Committee has issued a number of rules that submissions need to adhere to, which are:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum.
  • Memoranda submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
  • Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.
  • Submissions need not address every aspect of the terms of reference and should be no longer than 3,000 words.

Further information and the online submission form can be found here.

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