The Commitee took evidence on the Government’s “new approach to consultation” announced in July 2012, which is intended to adopt a “more proportionate and targeted approach” to consultation. The Committee was particularly interested in the appropriate timing and duration of consultation exercises, and the implications for different groups in society of the Government’s expectation that consultation will be “digital by default”. The Committee received views from interested parties in advance of an oral evidence session with Mr Oliver Letwin, MP, Minister for Government Policy which took place on December 11.
The Call for Evidence for the Committee’s inquiry into the Government’s policy on consultations has now closed.
The Committee received 550 submissions, including 477 emails from individuals who made submissions for the inquiry following an online campaign by the Institute of Employment Rights. The members of the Committee were informed of this in a note. They are grateful to the many members of the public who took time to give an indication of their views, and regret that it is not possible to acknowledge each submission.