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Legislation: Public Consultation

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times the Government have consulted the public in Northern Ireland on legislation in each of the last five years; and on what pieces of legislation affecting Northern Ireland the Government (a) consulted and (b) did not consult. (103352)

My Department seeks to consult the public on Northern Ireland legislation wherever possible. Of the Acts and Orders in Council made since I became the Secretary of State, prior public consultation was carried out on the following:

Acts

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006

(in respect of electoral registration, political donations and the devolution of policing and justice functions, which make up the majority of the Act)

Orders in Council

Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (NI) Order 2005

Drainage (Amendment) (NI) Order 2005

Company Directors Disqualification (Amendment) (NI) Order 2005

Insolvency (NI) Order 2005

Unauthorised Encampments (NI) Order 2005

Colleges of Education (NI) Order 2005

Traffic Management (NI) Order 2005

The Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2005

The Firearms (Amendment) (NI) Order 2005

Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) (NI) Order 2005

Local Government (NI) Order 2005

Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) (NI) Order 2005

Disability Discrimination (NI) Order 2006

Safety at Sports Grounds (NI) Order 2006

Industrial and Provident Societies (NI) Order 2006

Rates (Capital Values) (NI) Order 2006

Stormont Estate (NI) Order 2006

Planning Reform (NI) Order 2006

Fire and Rescue Services (NI) Order 2006

Private Tenancies (NI) Order 2006

Education (NI) Order 2006

Recovery of Health Services Charges (NI) Order 2006

Water and Sewerage Services (Miscellaneous Provisions) (NI) Order 2006

Victims and Survivors (NI) Order 2006

Rates (Amendment) (NI) Order 2006

Smoking (NI) Order 2006

In the same period for a variety of reasons, prior public consultation was not carried out on the following Northern Ireland Acts and Orders in Council:

Acts

Electoral Registration (NI) Act 2005

Northern Ireland Act 2006

Northern Ireland (St. Andrews Agreement) Act 2006

Terrorism (NI) Act 2006

Orders in Council

Budget (No.2) (NI) Order 2005

Budget (NI) Order 2006

Budget (No.2) (NI) Order 2006

Local Government Boundaries (NI) Order 2006

Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (NI) Order 2006

Work and Families (NI) Order 2006

Electricity Consents (Planning) (NI) Order 2006

The information sought in respect of the remaining three and a half years of the five year period, is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.