§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what circumstances it is her Department's practice, when issuing a public consultation document, to inform those consulted that their responses will be made public unless they explicitly ask for them to be kept confidential; and if she will arrange for her Department to do so in all cases in future.
§ Mr. Sackville
Responses to consultation documents are usually sought on the understanding they may be made public, unless those responding explicitly ask for them to remain confidential. This practice has been strengthened by the code of practice on access to government information, published in April.