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Departmental Public Consultation

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (243047)

The Department recognises the important contribution that the public can make in developing policy 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.

Data from 2000 on the number of citizens' juries and consultation with a random panel of people to aid decision-making by the Department is not readily available. Supplying the occurrences of citizens' juries and deliberative consultations would require a substantive investigation into all public engagement programmes undertaken by various divisions within the Department at a disproportionate cost.

However, we can identify some of the recent major occasions that the Department has convened citizens' juries or consulted random panels of people who were paid since 2000. These include:

Potential impact of opt-out system for Organ Donation (2008)

Review into the Consequences of Additional Private Drugs for the NHS (2008)

NHS Next Stage Review—led by Lord Darzi (2007-08)

Primary and Community Care Review (2008)

Carer's Strategy Consultation (2007-08)

Your health, your care, your say (2005)

Choosing Health (2004).