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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many public consultations have been held by his Department since its establishment; and how many respondents took part in each consultation. (198644)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has launched eight public consultations since its establishment. The number of respondents that took part in the process for each consultation is stated in the following table. Please note that “a respondent” may be an individual or equally it can be an organisation representing the views of its full membership of thousands. The tracking system cannot distinguish between the two.

Title of consultation

Number of respondents

Closing date (if ongoing)

Confidence in standards: regulating and developing qualifications and assessment

80 responses

The role of further education providers in promoting community cohesion, fostering shared values and preventing violent extremism

5 responses to date

6 May 2008

Raising expectations: enabling the system to deliver

14 responses to date

9 June 2008

Higher education at work—high skills: high value

07 July 2008

Informal adult learning—shaping the way ahead

173 formal written responses to date; also consultation events are being held including a citizen's jury, a national learner panel and more

12 June 2008

Focusing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) on community cohesion

195 written responses; also 11 consultation events held for learners & stakeholders with around 1000 people involved

4 April 2008

Innovation Nation

280 responses

14 February 2008

Improvement in the further education sector—a consultative prospectus for a new sector owed organisation.

92 responses