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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) listening exercises and (b) public forums her Department has held in each of the last two years; and what the (i) purpose, (ii) cost, (iii) private contractor and (iv) amount paid to the private contractor was in each case. (221355)

Listening exercises and public forums were held on Citizenship, Immigration and Integration; "Tackling Drugs—Changing Lives"; Crime and Drugs Strategy; Counter Terrorism community visits; Drugs Consultation; Young People Consultation; and Schools Pack Conferences.

The purpose of these events was to gain public feedback to inform the Green Paper on "The Path to Citizenship"; to gain feedback for the next drug strategy; for Ministers to hear and learn from the concerns of community members they meet; to inform, support and mobilise stakeholders to deliver on new crime and drugs strategies; to listen to the views of young people on drug issues; and to disseminate Understanding Drugs pack and pupil booklet to educational practitioners responsible for delivery of school-based drug education lessons.

To gain the information on the costs, contractors, and amounts paid to private contractors for each event could be obtained only at disproportionate cost, as these data are not recorded separately on the Department's accounting systems.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will list (a) the reviews and (b) public consultations initiated by her Department since 27 June 2007. (221375)

The Home Office undertakes a wide variety of reviews on various issues. Where necessary these would be available from the Home Office website (www.homeoffice.gov.uk) under the specific review subject area. As noted in response to the hon. Member's earlier question on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 948W, all public consultations that we have initiated can be found at the following Home Office websites:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/about-us/haveyoursay/

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/consultations/