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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) written consultations, (b) consultation roadshows and (c) stakeholder focus groups in each of the last three years. (205828)

As most of my Department’s consultation exercises were covered by departmental costs as an integral part of the policy-making process, extracting the information requested would prove very difficult. However some consultations were funded by a different method and the costs of those can be found in the following table.

£

Name of consultation

Cost of written consultation paper1

Cost of consultation roadshows/stakeholder focus groups2

2006 consultations

Openness in the Family Courts—Confidence and Confidentiality (2006)

20,000

8,000

Legal Aid: a sustainable future (joint consultation with Legal Services Commission) (2006)

23,500 (matched by Legal Services Commission)

Paid for by Legal Services Commission

2007 consultations

Openness in the Family Courts—a new approach (2007)

14,000

Judicial Appointments: the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary (2007)

15,000

War-making powers and international treaties (2007)

14,000

NOMS Strategic Plan for Reducing Reoffending (2007)

75,000

NOMS Believing we can (2007)

10,000

NOMS Third Sector Strategy (2007)

20,000

+18, 000 for joint consultation events for NOMS Believing We Can and NOMS Third Sector Strategy

MoJ Third Sector Strategy (2007)

35,500

OCJR Improving the criminal justice process for young witnesses (2007)

2,000

2008 consultations

Best Value in Probation NOMS (2008)

4,500

7,500

1 Where no costs specified, in-house facilities used.

2 Where no costs specified, in-house facilities used.

Note:

Please note that all figures given are rounded to the nearest 1,000.