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Policy Review Working Groups

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what public consultation events (a) have taken place and (b) are planned as part of the policy review working groups; what the (i) date and (ii) location is of each such event; and how many members of the public have attended such events to date. (115618)

A public engagement strand of the policy review has been established, giving a representative group of the population the opportunity to engage in discussing key issues emerging from the public services working group.

Ipsos MORI have been engaged to manage the recruitment process and to organise five regional citizens forums. They will select a group of 100 people from all walks of life to be representative of the population, based on good practice in market research, achieving a geographical and demographic spread.

The citizens forums will be held in February 2007, feeding into a citizens summit in March. The dates for the individual meetings have yet to be finalised. Approximately 20-25 people will attend each forum.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether the Policy Review Working Groups announced on 14 December 2006 will publish reports of their conclusions; (115062)

(2) when it was decided that the Government's policy review would not have a full policy working group on economic dynamism;

(3) how many civil servants have been allocated from (a) Downing Street and (b) the Cabinet Office to support the work of the Policy Review Working Groups announced on 14 December 2006;

(4) whether remuneration will be given to non-ministerial members of the Policy Review Working Groups;

(5) how many times she expects each of the Policy Review Working Groups to meet before completing their work;

(6) what the terms of reference are for each of the Policy Review Working Groups announced on 14 December 2006;

(7) where meetings of the Policy Review Working Groups will take place;

(8) whether special advisers will support the work of the Policy Review Working Groups announced on 14 December 2006;

(9) when the Policy Review working groups on (a) Britain and the World, (b) Environment and Energy, (c) Public Services, (d) the Role of the State and (e) Crime and Security last met; and who attended each meeting;

(10) what role the Minister without Portfolio plays in the Policy Review Working Groups announced by the Prime Minister on 14 December 2006;

(11) which experts have been appointed to work with the Policy Review Working Groups on (a) Britain and the World, (b) Environment and Energy, (c) Public Services, (d) the Role of the State and (e) Crime and Security;

(12) what estimate she has made of the total cost to the public purse of running the Policy Review Working Groups that were announced on 14 December 2006;

(13) how many civil servants in Government Departments will prepare work for the Policy Review Working Groups; and at what grades.

I refer the hon. Member to the press briefing given by the Prime Minister's official spokesman on 19 October. A transcript of this is available on the No. 10 website (<http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page 10244.asp>) and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House.

The aim of the policy review is to identify long-term trends and new challenges and examine how existing policies need to be changed to continue to meet the country's priorities. The Policy Review process will conclude in spring of 2007. The results will feed into a range of different pieces of government business ranging from the 2007 comprehensive spending review, public service agreement targets, White Papers, the budget and other aspects of government business.

Details of the membership of Policy Review Working Groups and related Cabinet Committee business are also available on the Cabinet Office website (<http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/secretariats/economic_and_domestic/policy_review/index.asp>) and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House. There are no non-ministerial members of the working groups.

Further information about the deliberations of the working groups and the other work strands supporting the policy review, including the citizen's forums, has now been published on the Cabinet Office website (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/) and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House.

The policy review is a high priority for the whole of Government, including Cabinet Office and No 10.