Propriety and Ethics

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Guidance on the work of the Government Information Service

(published July 1997)

Table of Contents
Introduction to guidance on the work of the Government Information Service
Propriety: Basic Conventions
The Conventions - General
The Conventions - Specifics
The Civil Service Code
The Press Office day-to-day relations with the media
Types of Publicity
Explanation and discussion of existing policies
Information required by statute or otherwise about rights, obligations, liabilities and Government services
Value for money (VFM)
Propriety Procedures
Legal position
ANNEX A – Government publicity and advertising
Propriety – Basic conventions
Paid Publicity
Unsolicited material
Annex A Procedures
ANNEX B – Government use of public relations consultants
ANNEX C – Government use of direct marketing
Use by Government of direct marketing