CABINET OFFICE News
Release (CAB/049/07) issued by The Government News Network on 14
Minister Hilary Armstrong today launched a review of how the
Government consults businesses, the third sector and citizens when
it makes significant decisions.
Interested parties will have until 28 September to make their
views known to the Government, and should visit http://www.consultations.gov.uk
for instructions on how to submit feedback.
The review focuses on lifting the quality of government
consultation. The Government is aiming to improve the
effectiveness of consultation by looking at what questions are
asked, who is asked and how the government can best take into
account the feedback it receives.
Hilary Armstrong, the Minister with overall responsibility for
the Government's better regulation agenda, said:
'As a Minister I really value consultation because it helps
us to make better decisions. Everyone benefits from good
consultation. By listening to concerns from businesses and third
sector organisations about how we consult we can continue to make improvements.'
Views can be submitted in writing and by using the Cabinet
Office's Have Your Say website). http://haveyoursay.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/regulation/
Background information on this is available online at http://www.consultations.gov.uk
Notes to editors
1. Current Government policy is set out in
the Code of Practice on Consultation. This Code, established in
2000 and modified in 2004, sets out six criteria that Government
departments should follow when carrying out formal, written
2. The consultation on the future of Government consultation
policy is open until 28/09/2007. Responses will inform the
development of a revised consultation policy to be launched in 2008.
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