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Consultation Documents

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list written consultation documents which have been published by his Department since 1 January 2001; and which of them had consultation periods of (a) less than three weeks, (b) less than six weeks, (c) less than 12 weeks and (d) 12 weeks or more. [109567]

The details requested are listed.The way in which Government Departments conduct national written public consultations is governed by a code of conduct issued by Cabinet Office. The code stipulates that sufficient time should be allowed for considered responses from interested parties. Twelve weeks is the standard minimum period for consultation unless Ministers conclude that exceptional circumstances require a departure. In order to improve the Department's performance against the code, we have put in place new guidance and arrangements in August 2002. There has since been a significant improvement in the Department's performance.However, there must be a balance between the demands of the public for action and the legitimate requirements to give time for feedback on the specific proposals for action.

Documents with less than a three-week consultation period

There were no consultations where the consultation period ran for less than three weeks.

Documents with less than a six-week consultation period

Title of consultation exercise

Launch date

Deadline for responses

Number of weeks consultation

Animal Rights Extremism: Government Strategy: A Consultation28 March 200127 April 20014.5
Consultation of use of X/Gamma Radiation Scanner17 July 200127 August 20015.5
Police and Criminal Evidence Act—Code A11 March 200219 April 20025.5
Criminal Justice White Paper: Proposals on jury exemptions and excusals Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment25 September 200224 October 20024
Juxtaposed controls implementation—Dover-Calais25 March 200325 April 20034.5

Documents with less than a 12-week consultation period

Title of consultation exercise

Launch date

Deadline for responses

Number of weeks consultation

Animal Procedures—review of the Ethical Review Process11 January 200123 March 200110
Race relations (Amendment) Act 2000—New Laws for a Successful Multi-Racial Britain22 February 200115 May 200111.5
Guidance for the use of an Intermediary under s.29 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 19993 May 200129 June 20018
Funding Community Groups: a consultation document3 May 200123 July 200111.5
Extension of Civil Penalties to Freight Shuttle Wagons18 July 200129 August 20016
Consultation Paper on the Review of Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 199730 July 200119 October 200111.5
Police and Criminal Evidence Act—Code F15 September 200131 October 016.5
Accessing Communications data—Draft code of practice13 August 20012 November 200111.5
Review of Family Visitors Appeals29 October 200114 December 20016.5
Fees for the removal and storage of vehicles, under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 198416 November 200128 December 20016
Improving the planning of Young People Substance Misuse Services1 November 200131 December 20018.5
White Paper 'Policing a New Century: A Blueprint for reform'5 December 200121 January 20026.5
Death in Police Custody—Consultation paper on revising the definition of categories of deaths of members of the public during or following police contact14 December 200131 January 20026.5
Motor Salvage Operators Regulations 2002, made under the Vehicles (Crime) Act 20014 January 20021 March 20028
Secure Borders Safe Haven—Integration with diversity in modern Britain7 February 200221 March 20026
Extension of controlled drugs licensing11 February 20021 May 200211
Proposed changes to the Misuse of Drugs legislation4 March 200217 May 200210.5
Charging for the consideration of Work Permit applications15 April 20025 July 200211.5
Police and Criminal Evidence Act—Code B—E12 June 200216 August 20029
Review of Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Scheme 20023 June 200223 August 200211.5
Breaking the Circle—A report of the review of the rehabilitation of offenders act17 July 200213 September 20028
Proceeds of Crime Act Section 377—Code of Practice Investigation Powers14 October 20023 January 200311.5
Implementation of juxtaposed controls at Calais20 November 20027 February 200311.5
Sexual Offences Bill—sex offenders who travel abroad28 January 200321 March 20037.5
Patient Group Directions (PGD)—Proposal to permit the supply of certain controlled drugs by health professionals under the PGD system7 February 20037 April 2003 (extended to 17 April 2003)9.5
Criminal Records Bureau—reform of the disclosure process27 February 200325 April 20038

Documents with more than 12-week consultation period

Title of consultation exercise

Launch date

Deadline for responses

Number of weeks consultation

The Law on Extradition: a review12 March 20018 June 200112.5
Review of the Victims Charter27 February 200115 June 200115.5
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974: A consultation leaflet25 April 200130 July 200113.5
The Halliday Report—Making punishments work5 July 200131 October 200116.5
Ratification of the Driving Disqualification Convention25 September 200118 December 200112
Review of Crime Reduction Training4 March 200227 May 200212
Review of Work Permit Policy on Recruitment of employment agencies and contractors18 March 200214 June 200212.5
Merger of CDRPs/DATs3 May 200226 July 200212
Working Holidaymaker Scheme: Consultation document29 May 200223 August 200212
Justice for All (Home Office, Attorney General and Lord Chancellor)17 July 20029 October 200212
Connecting communities, race equality grant programme31 July 200225 October 200212
Protocol to the Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters9 August 20021 November 200212

Title of consultation exercise

Launch date

Deadline for responses

Number of weeks consultation

Proceeds of Crime Act Section 292—Code of Practice for search powers regarding recovery of criminal proceeds23 August 200215 November 200212
Proceeds of Crime Act—Part 7 Section 339 Money Laundering23 August 200215 November 200212
Fundamental review of death certification and the Coroner services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland9 August 200222 November 200215
Entitlement Cards and Identity Fraud3 July 200210 January 200327
Proposals to make lawful the supply of specific items of drugs paraphernalia to drug users18 November 200214 February 200312.5
IAA 1999 provision of facilities at ports and charging for additional services section 25/26 1999 Act25 November 200217 February 200312
Business Crime Consultation2 December 200228 February 200312.5
Insurance Cover Working Group paper (Voluntary Sector Insurance)31 January 200325 April 200312