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Asked if the Prime Minister believed that Ministers’ should take responsibility for departments and the decisions taken in departments, in particular with reference to what Nick Clegg has said, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that Ministers were responsible for departments but they could not make decisions or be responsible if they had not been made aware of problems in the first place.  They cannot act on things they do not know anything about, in relation to the current situation the Home Office has launched an investigation and this was a commonsense approach.

Asked if it was possible that departments could be run better if it was easier to sack civil servants, the PMOS said that it was not his job to comment on civil service management. 

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