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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department spent on (a) written consultation, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years. (205848)

Over each of the past three calendar years to December 2007, Communities and Local Government and my predecessor Department undertook respectively:

57 public consultations (ODPM 2005)

34 public consultations (Communities and Local Government 2006)

48 public consultations (Communities and Local Government 2007)

These consultations were launched in order to inform the Department’s policy development. Information on how much the department has spent on written consultation, consultation roadshows and stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Consultation exercises form an integral part of policymaking and as such are funded from policy teams’ budgets rather than a consultation budget and so a total cannot be provided.