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Public Consultations

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of each consultation. (70615)

The Ministry of Defence undertook 13 public consultations in the last year.

To obtain the cost of the 12 consultations carried out by Defence Estates (DE)—the Ministry of Defence agency with responsibility for the defence estates—would incur disproportionate costs, but it is likely to be in the thousands.

The thirteenth public consultation was carried out by the Met Office, which is a trading fund of the Ministry of Defence. The total estimated cost in terms of man hours for this consultation was £120,000.

In addition, the Ministry of Defence carried out 10 consultation meetings with local government elected representatives and officials relating to proposed RAF projects within local areas. The total cost of these consultation meetings, on a capitation rate basis, was less than £10,000.