§ Dr. Cable
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many consultation documents and consultative drafts of legislation have been issued by his88W Department since January 2001; and what proportion of these have observed Criterion 5 of the Code of Practice on Written Consultation. 
§ Mr. Nicholas Brown
The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001 from the former Department of Social Security and parts of the Department for Education and Employment. Eighteen consultation documents have been issued since June 2001. These relate to matters which have a national impact, and therefore fall under the remit of the Code of Practice on Written Consultation. All bar two of these consultations was able to give a full 12 weeks for interested parties to respond.