HC Deb 07 October 2003 vol 411 c177W
John Barrett

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the consultation documents issued by his Department in each of the last four years; what the cost was of producing each of these; how many documents were issued in each consultation; and how many responses were received in each consultation. [124578]

Yvette Cooper

The Government recommend that policy development should be done in close consultation with stakeholders. Formal consultation documents are one part of this process, which can also include:

  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Listening events/public meetings
  • Web forums
  • Public surveys
  • Focus groups
  • Regional events
  • Free-phone and freepost surveys and events
  • Targeted leaflet campaigns
  • Road shows and exhibitions.

It is standard practice for Departments to evaluate the policy development process, including the use of consultation. The specific information requested is not collated on a central basis and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, details of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's recent consultation exercises are available at www.ODPM.gov.uk.