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Consultation

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consultations they have initiated in the past five years in which the consultees knew in advance that the consultation would be on a non-attributable basis; and how many they have initiated in which the consultees did not know in advance that the consultation would be on a non-attributable basis. [HL925]

Each department is responsible for its own consultation exercises and no aggregate data are held regarding consultations initiated by Her Majesty's Government. Setting out whether or not responses to consultations will be attributable is not a requirement of the Government's code of practice on consultation. However, guidance from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform which aims to support application of the code recommends that departments make potential consultees aware that information provided in response to consultations, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access to information regimes.