23 November 2010
Thank you for your letter of 14 October setting out your proposals for the future of Directgov. I applaud the clarity of your proposals given the complexity of the subject. I am minded to accept your proposals in full but will need to consult with colleagues before I can reach a final decision.
By way of immediate action, I have asked my officials to get on with some of your specific proposals, including:
I agree in principle with your proposal that over time Government should move to a single domain based on agile shared web services. However, as your report makes clear, this will be challenging for Government and I will need to consult colleagues before we make a final decision about how to proceed. To take these and other cross government issues forward, I intend to set up a new Ministerial Working Group on Digital reporting to the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee.
I would be very grateful if you would continue to play an active advisory role to Government on taking these proposals forward, including through participation on the new Ministerial Working Group and the Efficiency and Reform Board.