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Departmental Publications

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his practice is regarding meeting, discussing and taking into account the views and opinions of (a) private individuals and (b) representatives of organisations when drawing up and framing legislation to be introduced by his Department; and if he will make a statement. (81312)

The Home Secretary and his Ministerial team hold a wide range of meetings involving an extensive number of organisations and individuals throughout the year. These meetings allow them to consider various perspectives and the differing interests of stakeholders when formulating Home Office Policy and where necessary, the legislation needed to implement it.

The Home Office more widely, when developing policy or drawing up legislation, regularly undertakes informal consultation with those directly affected or involved. We routinely undertake formal written public consultations which are listed on our website and reported in our annual report. In conducting such consultations, the Home Office follows the guidance laid down in the Code of Practice on Consultation issued by Cabinet Office. The published results of the consultation include a summary of the responses both from individuals and from representative organisations. Wherever possible, the summary will also include the next steps in policy development and reasons for any decisions taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the Deposited Papers placed in the Library by his Department since 2000; and when they were published. (81321)

The information requested is not held in one central unit and therefore it is impossible to collate without incurring disproportionate costs.