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Departmental Public Consultation

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public consultations his Department has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each consultation was open for; how many responses were received in each case; and what the cost of conducting each consultation was. (259572)

The information requested is shown in the following table, which sets out details of the 37 formal written public consultations, carried out by the Ministry of Justice in the last twelve months. The printing and web publication costs of a standard consultation are met centrally by the Department. The only other cost of a standard consultation is the cost of staff time in preparing individual consultations. No breakdown exists for these costs and to provide one would incur disproportionate cost. But where activity over and above a standard consultation has been carried out and those cost details are available I have provided them.

Consultation

Consultation period

Number of responses

Additional costs of consultation (£)

Closed consultations 2008-09

1. Administration and Enforcement Restriction Orders

16 January 2008 to 16 April 2008

49

1

2. Local authority charges for property search services

18 January 2008 to 18 April 2008

858

12,000

3. Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007—Court Rules

31 January 2008 to 24 April 2008

9

1

4. Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act: Eligibility for Judicial Appointments

5 February 2008 to 29 April 2008

13

1

5. Enhancing procedural rights and cooperation in the EU

28 February 2008 to 10 April 2008

11

1

6. Rome I—Should the UK opt in?

2 April 2008 to 25 June 2008

37

1

7. Best value in probation

9 April 2008 to 2 July 2008

73

9,500

8. Children and Adoption Act 2006—Court Rules

7 May 2008 to 20 June 2008

25

1

9. Certificates of professional competence—amendments to the Transport Tribunal Rules 2008

28 May 2008 to 9 July 2008

2

1

10. Titan prisons

5 June 2008 to 28 August 2008.

74

1,210

11. Bail and murder

17 June 2008 to 12 September 2008

30

1

12. Reforming the Legal Aid Family Barrister Fee Scheme

18 June 2008 to 10 September 2008

19

1

13. Election Day—Weekend voting

24 June 2008 to 26 September 2008

941

6,153.95

14. Pleural plaques

9 July2008 to 1 September 2008

224

1

15. Inspection powers and funding arrangements for the Information Commissioner

17 July 2008 to 27 August 2008

72

1

16. Pandemic Influenza

23 July 2008 to 3 September 2008

24

1

17. Proposal to close Nelson County Court

28 July 2008 to 20 October 2008

11

1

18. Murder, manslaughter and infanticide: Proposals for reform of the Law

28 July 2008 to 20 October 2008

74

10,254

19. Claims management regulation: Fee

4 August 2008 to 28 October 2008

3

1

20. Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act—draft regulations

26 August 2008 to 18 November 2008

3

1

21. Civil Procedures Rules: Cost capping orders

12 September 2008 to 24 October 2008

64

1

22. Rules for mandatory polygraph tests for sex offenders

19 September 2008 to 21 November 2008

7

300

23. The future of Camden and Islington Youth Work

5 September 2008 to28 November 2008

20

1

24. Pandemic flu—Planning guidance for Agencies and others in the Justice System

5 September 2008 to28 November 2008

16

1

25. Reducing re-offending in London

8 October 2008 to 30 January 2009

2

13,995.26

26. Reviewing the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Forms supervision and fees

23 October 2008 to 15 January 2009

76

6,300

27. Old enough to make a Mark? Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

20 October 2008 to 20 January 2009

500

1

28. Publication of Candidate's addresses at UK parliamentary Elections

26 November 2008 to28 January 2009

65

1

29. Crown court means testing

6 November 2008 to29 January 2009

49

1

30. The award of costs from central funds in criminal cases

6 November 2008 to 29 January

96

1

31. Proposed closure of Telford Hearing Centre

10 November 2008 to8 February 2009

10

643.69

Open consultations:

32. Proposed Closure of Social Security and Child Support Agency Hearing Centre Portsmouth

1 December 2008 to28 February 2009

3

1

33. Civil court fees 2008

10 December 2008 to4 March 2009

3

1

34. Proposal to merge the Dudley and Stourbridge and Halesowen Local Justice Areas

19 January 2009 to 13 April 2009

3

1

35. Proposed Merger of the Warley and West Bromwich Local Justice Areas

27 January 2009 to 21 April 2009

3

1

36. Fees in the United Kingdom Supreme court

10 February 2009 to 5 May 2009

3

1

37. Controlling costs in defamation proceedings

24 February 2009 to 6 May 2009

3

1

1 Standard consultation.

2 49 to the paper155 plus through workshops and stakeholder events.

3 Not yet available.