Departmental Public Consultation

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 25th 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 Northern Ireland 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 Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

My Department, excluding agencies and non-departmental public bodies, conducted 13 public consultations in the last 12 months. Of the 13 consultations, all were 12 weeks long with the exception of number seven and nine which were 19 and 16 weeks respectively. The following table shows how many responses were received in each case and what the cost of conducting each consultation was.

Consultation number Number of responses received in each consultation Cost of conducting each consultation( 1) (£)
1 0 92.52
2 8 0
3 4 356.54
4 11 2,681.22
5 3 0
6 15 0
7 22 2,235.83
8 6 0
9 82 31,994.84
10 11 2,126.77
11 13 2,088.09
12 15 250.00
13 29 109.30
(1) In the cost of conducting each consultation staff time has not been taken into account.

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