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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people attended each citizens’ jury held in each month since September 2007; (188847)

(2) which Government Ministers attended each citizens’ jury in each month since September 2007;

(3) how much the programme of citizens’ juries has cost since its establishment;

(4) what changes to Government policy have been made as a result of the deliberations of citizens’ juries.

The information on citizens’ juries, including the impact, changes to Government Policy and full costs, is not held centrally. It is the responsibility of each Government Department which commissions citizens’ juries.

In relation to the attendance to the citizens’ jury held by the Cabinet Office on the Draft Legislative Programme on 20 October 2007, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 5 December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, to the right hon. Member for Horsham (Mr. Maude) and to the answer given to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) on 29 October 2007, Official Report, column 620W.

The final costs of this citizens’ jury were £56,033 and the outcomes will inform the consultation process for the Draft Legislative Programme in the future.