Departmental Public Consultation

Justice written question – answered on 3rd March 2009.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many public consultations his Department has conducted in the last 12 months; how long each consultation was open for; how many responses were received in each case; and what the cost of conducting each consultation was.

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The information requested is shown in the following table, which sets out details of the 37 formal written public consultations, carried out by the Ministry of Justice in the last twelve months. The printing and web publication costs of a standard consultation are met centrally by the Department. The only other cost of a standard consultation is the cost of staff time in preparing individual consultations. No breakdown exists for these costs and to provide one would incur disproportionate cost. But where activity over and above a standard consultation has been carried out and those cost details are available I have provided them.

Consultation Consultation period Number of responses Additional costs of consultation (£)
Closed consultations 2008 - 09
1. Administration and Enforcement Restriction Orders 16 January 2008 to 16 April 2008 49 (1)
2. Local authority charges for property search services 18 January 2008 to 18 April 2008 858 12,000
3. Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007—Court Rules 31 January 2008 to 24 April 2008 9 (1)
4. Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act: Eligibility for Judicial Appointments 5 February 2008 to 29 April 2008 13 (1)
5. Enhancing procedural rights and cooperation in the EU 28 February 2008 to 10 April 2008 11 (1)
6. Rome I—Should the UK opt in? 2 April 2008 to 25 June 2008 37 (1)
7. Best value in probation 9 April 2008 to 2 July 2008 73 9,500
8. Children and Adoption Act 2006—Court Rules 7 May 2008 to 20 June 2008 25 (1)
9. Certificates of professional competence—amendments to the Transport Tribunal Rules 2008 28 May 2008 to 9 July 2008 2 (1)
10. Titan prisons 5 June 2008 to 28 August 2008. 74 1,210
11. Bail and murder 17 June 2008 to 12 September 2008 30 (1)
12. Reforming the Legal Aid Family Barrister Fee Scheme 18 June 2008 to 10 September 2008 19 (1)
13. Election Day—Weekend voting 24 June 2008 to 26 September 2008 941 6,153.95
14. Pleural plaques 9 July2008 to 1 September 2008 224 (1)
15. Inspection powers and funding arrangements for the Information Commissioner 17 July 2008 to 27 August 2008 72 (1)
16. Pandemic Influenza 23 July 2008 to 3 September 2008 24 (1)
17. Proposal to close Nelson County Court 28 July 2008 to 20 October 2008 11 (1)
18. Murder, manslaughter and infanticide: Proposals for reform of the Law 28 July 2008 to 20 October 2008 74 10,254
19. Claims management regulation: Fee 4 August 2008 to 28 October 2008 3 (1)
20. Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act—draft regulations 26 August 2008 to 18 November 2008 3 (1)
21. Civil Procedures Rules: Cost capping orders 12 September 2008 to 24 October 2008 64 (1)
22. Rules for mandatory polygraph tests for sex offenders 19 September 2008 to 21 November 2008 7 300
23. The future of Camden and Islington Youth Work 5 September 2008 to28 November 2008 20 (1)
24. Pandemic flu—Planning guidance for Agencies and others in the Justice System 5 September 2008 to28 November 2008 16 (1)
25. Reducing re-offending in London 8 October 2008 to 30 January 2009 (2) 13,995.26
26. Reviewing the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Forms supervision and fees 23 October 2008 to 15 January 2009 76 6,300
27. Old enough to make a Mark? Should the voting age be lowered to 16? 20 October 2008 to 20 January 2009 500 (1)
28. Publication of Candidate's addresses at UK parliamentary Elections 26 November 2008 to28 January 2009 65 (1)
29. Crown court means testing 6 November 2008 to29 January 2009 49 (1)
30. The award of costs from central funds in criminal cases 6 November 2008 to 29 January 96 (1)
31. Proposed closure of Telford Hearing Centre 10 November 2008 to8 February 2009 10 643.69
Open consultations:
32. Proposed Closure of Social Security and Child Support Agency Hearing Centre Portsmouth 1 December 2008 to28 February 2009 (3) (1)
33. Civil court fees 2008 10 December 2008 to4 March 2009 (3) (1)
34. Proposal to merge the Dudley and Stourbridge and Halesowen Local Justice Areas 19 January 2009 to 13 April 2009 (3) (1)
35. Proposed Merger of the Warley and West Bromwich Local Justice Areas 27 January 2009 to 21 April 2009 (3) (1)
36. Fees in the United Kingdom Supreme court 10 February 2009 to 5 May 2009 (3) (1)
37. Controlling costs in defamation proceedings 24 February 2009 to 6 May 2009 (3) (1)
(1) Standard consultation.

(2) 49 to the paper155 plus through workshops and stakeholder events.

(3) Not yet available.

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