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Consultations

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 17 May 2006, Official Report, column 979W, on consultations, why the cost of public consultations is not recorded and kept; and if she will now do so. (77196)

The costs and demands of a public consultation can vary considerably, and as such would be difficult to quantify. As an integral part of policy development, the costs associated with public consultations are met from divisional budgets. I have no plans to record or keep the costs of public consultations.