Departmental Public Participation

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Stewart Hosie Stewart Hosie Shadow Chief Whip (Commons), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many public consultations were held by his Department and its predecessor in each of the last three years; and how many respondents took part in each consultation.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

BERR makes extensive use of both formal and informal consultation in developing policy. DTI conducted 71 formal written consultations in 2005, 52 in 2006 and DT and BERR conducted 51 in 2007. The number of responses to these questions varied greatly, from under 10 in the case of our consultation published on 6 September 2007 on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment to several thousand in the case of our consultation published on 18 June 2007 on Export Control Legislation. Providing precise response numbers for each of the consultations could be done only at disproportionate cost.

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