Departmental Public Participation

Justice written question – answered at on 3 June 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 Justice what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.

Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice

The information requested is in the following table.

Name of public participation activity Name of consultancy Cost of activity (£) What they were commissioned to do
Democratic Engagement: Digital Dialogues Hansard Society 34,200 The Digital Dialogues project investigates the use of online technologies (weblogs, webchats and forums) to promote dialogue between central Government and the public. Examples include online discussion forums on the openness of the family courts at the then DCA. Each stage of the project is followed by an evaluation report
Draft Coroners Bill: Users' experience of the coroners' courts Ipsos-MORI 11,500 Survey to gather information on recent users' experience of, and satisfaction with, coroners' services
Draft Coroners Bill: Public Pre-Legislative Scrutiny by Bereaved People's Panel Opinion Leader Research 15,500 Workshop to enable members of the public with recent experience of the coroners' service to give feedback to the Government on the measures in the draft Coroners Bill
Draft Coroners Bill: Service families' experiences of the inquest process Opinion Leader Research 4,700 Event to gather information about the experiences of Iraq service families who had gone through the inquest process
Democratic Engagement: Youth Event—Solent Theatre Solent People's Theatre 5,700 Facilitated event for Ministerial Youth Outreach Programme hosted by Bridget Prentice as Minister for Youth Engagement. This interactive event called 'Youth Shout: Your Voice Counts' was attended by 143 young people (most from primary schools), 19 MPs and 41 councillors
Democratic Engagement: Radiowaves Synergy TV 5,700 Radiowaves Voice It! pilot. Project to encourage and equip 11 to 18-year-olds to become citizen journalists and hold interviews with decision-makers which are published on the Radiowaves website and shared with a global audience
Democratic Engagement: Digital Dialogues Hansard Society 37,400 Phase 2—Report on second phase published in September 2007
Democratic Engagement Hansard Society 35,400 Digital Dialogues Phase 3—ongoing
Democratic Engagement Involve 17,500 'Participation Partners': Bespoke coaching support from expert participation practitioners (Involve) to assist with all aspects of public engagement exercises; project evaluation and case studies to be disseminated across government
NOMS consultation: NOMS Strategic Plan for Reducing Reoffending Frameworks Ltd. 25,000 Organisation and running of national stakeholder consultation event
Consultation on: NOMS Believing we can CLINKS (third sector organisation) 10,000 Ran two faith stakeholder events in the North West
NOMS consultation: NOMS Third Sector Strategy CLINKS 20,000 Ran four third sector stakeholder events
Joint consultation events for Believing we can/NOMS Third Sector Strategy Futures Unlocked (third sector organisation) (1)9,000 Ran consultation events and developed third sector and faith alliances in the East Midlands
Joint consultation events for Believing we can/NOMS Third Sector Strategy Lincolnshire Action Trust (third sector organisation) (1)8,950 Ran consultation events and developed third sector and faith alliances in the East Midlands
Consultation on MOJ Third Sector Strategy Sand Resources Ltd. 35,000 35 days' consultancy work. Contracted to draft MOJ consultation paper, help analyse responses and help produce final strategy paper. Also contracted to help analyse responses to NOMS Third Sector Action Plan and help develop final NOMS Action Plan called 'Working with the Third Sector to reduce reoffending 2008-2011'
Draft Coroners Bill: Reporting restrictions in coroners; courts Opinion Leader Research 8,000 Workshop to reach consensus among key stakeholders (including media and voluntary group representatives and coroners) on the Bill's reporting restrictions proposals
OCJR consultation: Improving the criminal justice process for young witnesses Ipsos MORI 1,000 Workshops on proposals for young witnesses
OCJR consultation: Improving the criminal justice process for young witnesses National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children NSPCC (third sector organisation) 1,000 Workshops on proposals for young witnesses
Democratic Engagement: Radiowaves Synergy TV 148,750 Radiowaves Voice It! roll-out. The objective of Radiowaves is to help young people develop the knowledge they need to confidently get involved in democratic processes
Democratic Engagement: Involve 15,100 Website jointly funded with Communities and Local Government to provide practical help and advice for Government officials on public participation methods etc.
The Insight Project Ipsos MORI and Promise (2)200,000 Initiative to assess awareness of and attitudes towards Human Rights among both the general public and staff in public services in the Health and Social Care sectors
Human Rights Campaign Four Communications 31,050 Four Communications were engaged to assist the Campaign Team to strengthen awareness of the Human Rights Act 1998. This involved identifying opportunities for speeches, articles and interviews by MOJ Ministers on the Human Rights Act as well as designing promotional material such as a leaflet promoting the Human Rights Act
NOMS consultation on Best Value in Probation NOMS (2008) Quatrosystem Ltd. 3,000 Facilitate two events for third sector, private sector and public sector providers of criminal justice services and provide feedback
(1 )Grant funding.

(2) First payments of this sum made in 2006.


1. The following sums are not considered by the Department as relevant for inclusion:

Sums paid to the Central Office of Information (COI), as it is a Crown body and Government Department.

Sums paid to consultants who advised on the procurement of public participation activities rather than conducting the public participation activities themselves.

2. The figures given are generally rounded to the nearest 100 and inclusive of VAT.

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