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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many consultations her Department undertook in each of the last five years; and how many resulted in the non-preferred option being adopted. (210628)

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

24 public consultations (ODPM 2003)

53 public consultations (ODPM 2004)

57 public consultations (ODPM 2005)

34 public consultations ( Communities and Local Government 2006)

48 public consultations (Communities and Local Government 2007)

All of these consultations were launched in order to inform policy development, as a way of exposing preliminary policy analysis to public scrutiny. Consultation is one of a number of mechanisms by which Government seek to listen to as wide a range of opinion as possible before making a final decision. Information on the non-preferred options is not collected, and this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.