Local Authorities: Public Consultation

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th September 2016.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance his Department has issued on whether responses from residents to public consultation questionnaires issued by local authorities should be anonymous or identified by name and address.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The Department for Communities and Local Government does not publish guidance on local authority consultations. However, Local authorities should have regard to the rules on data protection when dealing with any personal information about residents, including personal information contained on consultation responses.

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