HC Deb 10 March 2004 vol 418 cc1517-8W
Mr. Heald

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the women's organisations which have been consulted by his Department on proposed legislation during this Session; and whether their responses have been published. [160003]

Mr. Alexander

The Government are committed to ensuring that all relevant stakeholders are identified and involved in consultations on proposed legislation.

A 12-week public consultation on the draft Civil Contingencies Bill took place between 19 June and 11 September 2003 Views were sought from a wide range of organisations with an interest in civil protection activity, including the Women's Royal Voluntary Service.

The Government's response to the public consultation was published on 7 January and is available in the Libraries of the House.