HL Deb 09 February 2004 vol 656 cc137-8WA
Baroness Byford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many consultations have been issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since its inception; how many of them are complete; and how many have resulted in an action programme. [HL1078]

Lord Whitty

The department has issued 222 consultations since its inception, of which 193 are complete. All responses to Defra consultation exercises are thoroughly analysed and taken into account in the development of policies and proposals. We do not hold information centrally on how many have resulted in a formal action programme, but many have led to proposals being changed in response to stakeholders' comments, or have contributed to the development of policies or UK negotiating lines.