Lords Committee question Oliver Letwin

11 December 2012

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee took evidence from Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy, as part of their inquiry into the new “Consultation Principles” announced by the Government in July.


The uncorrected evidence is now online at this location:

The evidence session took place at 3:45pm on Tuesday 11 December in Committee Room 3a of the House of Lords. Watch the session live on Parliament TV:

The Committee asked Mr Letwin why the Government has chosen to replace the 2008 Code of Practice on consultation with the new ”Consultation Principles” and what difference he expects to see in the outcomes.

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee issued a call for evidence on 30 October which has produced some excellent contributions and the Committee will draw on these in their questions. These included some of the following topics:

  • Duration of consultation processes
  • “Proportionate and realistic” timeframes
  • “Transparency and feedback”
  • Involvement of hard-to-reach groups
  • “Digital by Default”
  • Improving consultation and policy-making
  • When is consultation “Disproportionate”?
  • Monitoring of practice across Government

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