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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on (a) written consultations, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years. (205846)

Consultation forms an integral part of policy-making in my Department and we consult on both an informal and formal basis. However there is no central budget for consultation exercises and activity is funded by each individual policy area or agency operation. I can therefore provide an answer to this question only at disproportionate cost to public funds.