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Consultation Documents

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the consultation documents issued by his Department in each of the last four years; what the cost was of producing each of these; how many documents were issued in each consultation; and how many responses were received in each consultation. [124577]

The Government recommend that policy development should be done in close consultation with stakeholders. Formal consultation documents are only one part of a process, which includes meetings with stakeholders, consultation seminars, regional events and public meetings.The specific information requested is not collated on a central basis and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. However, a list of consultations run by the Treasury is available on the department's website at www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/Consultations_ and_Legislation.