HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 cc532-3W
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. [142490]

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.