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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Leader of the House how many citizens’ juries her Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what issues were discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event. (227476)

A deliberative forum was held on the draft legislative programme which the Leader of the House of Commons attended on 20 October 2007. This was delivered by IPSOS Mori at a cost of £52,575 and was paid for by the Cabinet Office.

A total of 76 members of the public attended the event. Participants were asked to complete an exercise prior to the workshop to help get them thinking about the issues. On the day the event comprised of plenary voting sessions, using hand-held devices. Various presentations were given by IPSOS MORI researchers and detailed discussions were carried out within smaller groups.

During the day participants discussed public priorities for the Government’s legislative programme for 2007-08, how people would like to be consulted on the annual legislative programme in the future and how best to consult people on a range of individual bills.