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Government Consultation Principles

Volume 604: debated on Thursday 14 January 2016

Today, I am publishing a revised set of Government consultation principles. These principles are intended to produce clear guidance to Government Departments on the conduct of consultations. They have been amended in the light of comments from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, and demonstrate the Government’s desire to engage more effectively with the public.

We will use more digital methods to involve a wider group of consultees at an earlier stage in the policy forming process. We will make it easier for the public to contribute and feed in their views, and we will try harder to use clear language and plain English in consultation documents.

We will also reduce the risk of “consultation fatigue” by making sure that we consult only on issues that are genuinely undecided.

A copy has been placed in the Library, and can be found online at: