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Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which (a) individuals and (b) organisations received an embargoed copy of each (i) consultation document and (ii) White Paper produced by her Department in (A) 2005 and (B) 2006; and if she will make a statement. (77569)

Embargoed copies of the Legal Services White Paper in 2005 and the draft Coroners Bill produced by DCA in 2006 were received by a range of individuals and organisations. One organisation received embargoed copies of the Draft Inquiry Procedure (UK Inquiries) Rules consultation document from my Department in 2006. The majority of DCA consultations are not embargoed.

Embargoed copies of the White Paper published on 17 October 2005 called “The Future of Legal Services: Putting Consumers First” was received by:

Chairman of the Bar Council

President of the Law Society

President of the Chartered Institute for Patent Agents

President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Dean of the Arches and Auditor, Master of the Faculties

Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (CASC)

Opposition spokesmen Oliver Heald MP, Simon Hughes MP, Lord Goodhart QC and The Right Honourable Lord Kingsland QC, The Lord Chief Justice

Chairman, Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

Chief Executive of Citizens Advice

Chief Executive of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)

Chairman of National Consumer Council (NCC)

Chairman of Prudential PLC

Chairman of Which?

The Immigration Services Commission

At a press briefing held on the morning of publication, but before publication time, embargoed copies were made available. The press, legal professions and members of the Consumer Panel (Which?, NCC, EOC, OFT, Citizens Advice, Federation of Small Businesses) were invited.

Embargoed copies of the draft Coroners Bill were received by the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee and five senior coroners ahead of publication on 12 June 2006.

The Draft Inquiry Procedure (UK Inquiries) Rules consultation document was received from DCA by ARACS Conference Services (conference organisers) ahead of publication on 1 March 2006. ARACS gave the copies out at a public seminar on public inquiries held after publication. The seminar was attended by around 40 people with knowledge or experience of inquiries, for example, solicitors.