§ Brian Cotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of regulations introduced by the Department have been subject to a consultation period of less than 12 weeks since the introduction of the Code of Practice on Consultations. 
§ Alun Michael
The Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultation came into effect on 1 January 2001. In the period 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2002 Defra has published 141 consultations under the Code, of which 87 lasted for less than 12 weeks.