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Public Consultations

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2005, Official Report, column 1223W, on consultations, what mechanisms are in place to ensure value for money in public consultations. (80758)

In order to ensure that consultation is as effective as possible, my Department follows the Government’s code of practice on consultation. By following the code i.e. carrying out comprehensive consultation and taking on board the views of those likely to be affected and the views of experts, the Government are more likely to meet its policy objectives. Following each formal consultation, the DCMS is obliged, under the code, to give feedback regarding the responses received and how the consultation process influenced the policy in question.