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Departmental Public Consultation

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on which occasions his Department has convened a citizens’ jury or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department’s policy making since 2000; whether the participants were paid in each case; and if he will make a statement. (243037)

The Ministry of Justice has not convened any citizens’ juries or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department’s policy making. However we recognise the important contribution that the public can make in this area and carry out a wide range of activities which allow Ministers and officials to listen to and understand the views of the public and stakeholders in developing policy.