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21. sponsorship and leadership rests with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for Directgov and the Paymaster General for;

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How much wisdom is there in putting a single department in charge of a site which is designed to cover many departments. The inherent bias that comes from being in a single department with a specific centre of gravity means that it will, inherently, slowly spin towards that. And the risk that the greater whole is damaged to increase the benefit to the department which it resides in. If you're going to be putting all your eggs in one basket, it needs to be held by someone who isn't interested in scrambling for political purposes. To be credible, they need to be both fiercely independent, and be seen to be fiercely independent.

Posted by Sam Smith on 2006-12-30 15:42:49.
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