Letter: All my own work

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Letter: All my own work

Sir: Michael Streeter claims that a draft part of the latest revision of the Government Information Service's Red Book shows the "unmistakable hand" of Alastair Campbell ("New Labour puts its spin on government information", 20 November).

Actually, the hands are mine alone, and they describe the best practices to be found within the GIS now. My intention - agreed with fellow Heads of Information - is to make them universal. Furthermore, the "high-minded words" reflect those in the current Red Book, published years ago.

For the record, my department and others equipped duty press officers with the kit which amazes your reporter well before the last general election - not least to help careful journalists check the facts.


Head of the the Government Information Service

Home Office

London SW1