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Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the publication Inside Britain: A Guide to the UK Constitution, produced by the Department for Constitutional Affairs, was subject to independent academic peer review. [HL7163]

Inside Britain: A Guide to the UK Constitution was produced by the Citizenship Foundation, an independent charity which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. The guide was funded by the DCA and is aimed at engaging young people by showing that constitutional issues are relevant to them. It does not attempt to be an academic textbook about the constitution. The book was developed after trials that included focus groups of students in schools, an advisory group that included constitutional experts, and a discussion forum with constitutional lawyers.