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Consultative Document

Volume 130: debated on Monday 21 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make it his policy that responses received to consultative documents issued by his Department be made publicly available in his Department's library, except where the respondent has specifically asked that this be not done; and if he will arrange for this procedure to be made clear when future consultative documents are issued.

The treatment of responses to consultation documents will depend on the purpose and nature of the consultative process. In the case of the recent consultation carried out by the Department of Education and Science preceding the introduction of the Education Reform Bill, copies of all responses, other than those from individuals, were placed in the House Library.