Departmental Public Participation

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Shadow Minister (Women), Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many citizens' juries her Department has held since 1 July 2007; what the cost was of each; what was discussed at each event; and how many (a) Ministers and (b) members of the public attended each event.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

In December 2007 Communities and Local Government held two citizens' juries jointly with the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills, in London and in Hull, to discuss how targeted provision of teaching English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) can help build community cohesion. The events cost £69,965 split equally between CLG and DIUS. I attended the jury in London on behalf of CLG and my hon. Friend Bill Rammell attended on behalf of DIUS. 17 members of the public attended in Hull and 18 in London.

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