HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 c430W
Brian Cotter

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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. [142484]

Mr. McNulty

There is not always a direct correlation between government consultations and individual regulations. For example, there would not be a consultation prior to certain statutory instruments introducing temporary local speed limits.

The Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultation came into effect on 1 January 2001. The Department for Transport was established on 29 May 2002.

In the period from 29 May 2002 to 31 December 2002 the Department published 28 consultations under the Code, of which one was less than 12 weeks.

These figures do not include consultations that were carried out by the Department's Executive Agencies.

A full list of consultations on transport issues that have taken place from May 2002 (as DfT) and from before (as DTLR) can be found on the Department's website www.dft.gov.uk.