Departmental Public Consultation

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th 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 Communities and Local Government how many public consultations her Department has carried out in the last 12 months; for how long each consultation was open; how many responses were received to each consultation; and what the cost was of conducting each consultation.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The number of public consultations conducted between 1 February 2008 and 31 January 2009 was 42. 41 consultations were open for at least 12 weeks, in line with the code of practice. One consultation exercise was given ministerial approval for a shorter period. The number of consultation responses ranged from 83 for the "Standing for Office: Time Off Entitlements" consultation to 12,000 responses on the "Eco towns: Living a greener future" consultation. Providing the cost of conducting the consultations could be done only at disproportionate cost.

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