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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many public consultations his Department has held in the last three years; and how many respondents there were to each. (198678)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) welcomes views on policy issues from the public and stakeholders, for example during the recent review of its strategic priorities. FCO departments and posts hold their own budgets for public consultations and therefore the information requested is not held centrally. A more detailed answer would require a survey of all of our Embassies, High Commissions and subordinate posts, which could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.