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Business expenses - Guidance [PDF 78KB, 3 pages]


Codes of Conduct for:

Civil Service Ethics and Standards - index page

Committee on Standards in Public Life - an introduction, with links to the Committee's own pages and to Government responses to its reports


Departmental Evidence and Response to Select Committees (the 'Osmotherley Rules') - guidance to civil servants on giving evidence to Select Committees of Parliament and responding to Select Committee reports

Directory of Civil Service Guidance - Directory of - a compendium of Civil Service guidance
- Volume 1[PDF 322 KB]
- Volume 2[PDF 309 KB]


Election Guidance


General Election Guidance 2005 [PDF 205KB]

Guidance for Crown Servants - Giving Evidence or Information about Suspected Crimes [PDF 86 KB]

Guidance for Departments - handling of Members and Peers correspondence

Guidance for Departments and Investigators - Giving Evidence or Information about Suspected Crimes [PDF 87 KB]

Guidance on Election Guidance on written consultation exercises

Guidance to officials on Drafting Answers to Parliamentary Questions


Handling Correspondence from Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords, MEPs and Members of Devolved Assemblies [PDF 256KB]

Handling of Ombudsman cases: Guidance for Departments (pdf)

Hospitality - Guidance [PDF 69KB, 3 pages]

Hospitality received by members of departmental boards during 2007 (pdf)


List of Ministerial Responsibilities - a list of all UK Government Ministers, Departments and Agencies, specifying the issues for which each individual Minister is responsible

Lobbyists, Guidance for civil servants on contact with


Ministers and Departments - index page

Ministers, List of- a complete up-to-date list of all UK Government Ministers

Model Contract for Special Advisers - sets out the principal terms and conditions of employment for Special Advisers to Ministers


Ombudsman In Your Files

Ombudsman Schemes: Guidance for Departments (pdf)

Reform of Public Sector Ombudsmen Services in England: A consultation paper


Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration


Reform of Public Sector Ombudsmen Services in England: A consultation paper

Review of the Public Sector Ombudsmen in England: A Consultation Paper [PDF 94 KB] invites comments on the recommendations contained in the Review of the Public Sector Ombudsmen in England. [PDF 117 KB]


Sponsorship of Government Activities - Guidance to Departments.


Travel by Ministers - guidance on the use of official cars and on rail and air travel.