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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 822W, on departmental public participation, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) summary and (b) full reports of findings for each of the three listed surveys. (173147)

Perceptions of ‘Our NHS Our Future and Public Attitude to NHS’ will be laid before Parliament in February 2008. The small-scale staff survey will not be made available as it covers a small piece of work relating to the internal management of the Department. However, we will make available our next annual staff survey which we expect to report on in the summer of 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to consult service users and their families on Valuing People Now. (177891)

The consultation ‘Valuing People now: from progress to transformation—a consultation on the next three years of learning disability policy’, is open to service users and their families to respond. It is also available in easy read format. The deadline for response is 28 March 2008 after which time we will be collating responses to inform future policy development.

The valuing people support team within the Care Services Improvement Partnership is working with local groups including learning disability partnership boards to support locally led consultation events.

Copies of the consultation papers are available in the Library.