Department of Health and Social Care: Advisory Bodies

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Paula Barker Paula Barker Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department processes consultations held by his Department’s advisory groups; and if he will publish a list of consultations undertaken in the last 12 months.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department runs a consultation if there is either a statutory duty to consult or a common law duty (a duty established by case law) to consult. It follows the Cabinet Office Guidance on Consultation and also guidance on GOV.UK on writing and launching a consultation. There is no set length of time that a consultation should run for, but most run for 12 weeks. The Cabinet Office’s consultation principles recommend a ‘proportionate amount of time’.

A list of consultations held in the last 12 months is not held centrally and to obtain this information would incur disproportionate cost.

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