Parliamentary Question raised on government approach to consultation and the Compact

house of lordsLord Lester of Herne Hill, a long-time human rights advocate, has raised a parliamentary question concerning the government's adherence to Compact principles during consultations.

The question and answer from Lord Wallace of Saltaire is below.

28 Feb 2013 : Column WA351

Government: Consultations

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

To ask Her Majesty's Government how their new approach to consultations, announced in July 2012, upholds and strengthens the principles set out in the compact between them and civil society organisations.

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: 
The Government are committed to opening up policy-making to a wider range of inputs. Civil society organisations have an important role to play in the development of policy, and we will look to involve them wherever possible.

The consultation principles introduced in 2012 included a range of measures to improve consultations, including:

  • following a range of timescales rather than defaulting to a 12-week period, particularly where extensive engagement has occurred before;
  • giving more thought to how we engage with and consult with those who are affected, including the VCS sector;
  • consultation being digital by default but with other forms being used where necessary; and
  • continuing to respect the principles of the Compact between Government and the voluntary and community sectors.
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