A quick check-up on e-government’s response times, as of 3.45pm on Friday afternoon:
- Full marks to DTI, the Ministry of Defence and my current employer, DfES for having full biographies and photos of their new secretaries of state on their respective sites.
- Home Office has a story on its front page about John Reid’s appointment, and whilst the ‘organisation‘ page has purged all mention of Charles Clarke, there’s no biography of Dr Reid as yet.
- Transport has (just about) got Douglas Alexander‘s name on their pages, but that’s yer lot.
- DEFRA hasn’t yet removed Margaret Beckett’s name… and the FCO hasn’t yet added her, either. Has she definitely moved?
- As for the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister… well, that one’s going to be tricky. I notice that a newly written description of the Office’s structure has been tactically removed from the homepage since this morning. The list of ministers now includes John Prescott’s name among the ‘former ministers’ – and whilst the page ‘is being updated’, it doesn’t yet feature Ruth Kelly.
Special mention to DEFRA’s new man, David Miliband – who posted a farewell message on his ODPM-hosted ministerial blog at lunchtime. His status as Britain’s only blogging minister is apparently on hold: ‘I’m very much hoping this won’t be the end of my presence on the blogosphere…please keep an eye out.’