Louise questions Minister in first front bench appearance

Louise made her first appearance at the Despatch Box on Wednesday as she questioned the Cabinet Office Minister, Matt Hancock, on the rumoured diminished role facing the Government Digital Service.

Speaking for the first time in the House of Commons in her capacity as the Shadow Minister for the Civil Service and Digital Reform, Louise appeared alongside her Shadow Cabinet Office colleagues during the monthly Cabinet Office questions.

Commenting on the rumoured cuts for the award-winning and internationally renowned Government Digital Service which has saved the Government £1.2bn since its introduction, Louise said:

"Staff turnover in Government Digital Service and the Cabinet Office is unacceptably high amid concerns that the service will be downgraded from a 'delivery' to a 'policy' unit."

"We also know that businesses lose on average 33 working days per year on average as a result of outdated government digital services. Can the Minister today reassure the Department that they are one of those Departments resisting cuts and reassure thousands of businesses across the country."

The projected spending cuts by the Chancellor in the forthcoming spending review are ringing alarm bells across Whitehall with Tory Ministers resisting further cuts. A cut to the Digital Service would be a damning example of the warped economic logic of the George Osborne slashing a service which delivers enormous savings for the Government throughout the system.

Louise Haigh MP is the Shadow Minister for Civil Service and Digital Reform. You can see the question here