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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many citizens' juries his 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. (227474)

The Department has held one citizens' jury since 1 July 2007:

Citizens' jury

Date

Cost (£)

Issues discussed

Number of Ministers attended

Number of members of the public

Contemporary livestock farming and watercourse pollution: a citizens’ jury approach

November 2007

19,740 excluding VAT1

Responses were gauged in relation to the understandings of risk associated with the microbial pollution of water courses; public attitudes to culpability given the current scientific and policy evidence base, particularly as this relates to the role of livestock farming; and consideration of public priorities in terms of appropriate level and types of policy intervention and mitigation.

None present

15 people from Devon

1 This includes the whole contract cost, of which the jury was included.