We have just concluded the short debate I initiated on public consultations by Government Departments. It was a useful debate. The text can be read in Hansard tomorrow.
My contribution to the debate was informed by earlier responses to my posts on consultation. In his contribution to the debate, Lord Maclennan called attention to this blog and, indeed, named some of the readers (MJ Ray and others) who had contributed.
The minister responding was Lord Davies of Abersoch, from the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform. He defended what the Government had done so far in respect of consultations, but he did deliver one notable piece of good news. By the end of this year, it will be possible to find on one site a list of all government consultations being undertaken and that material will be available in machine-readable form. This represents a major step forward. I also like to think it demonstrates the value of pursuing issues through questions and debate.
UPDATE: The debate can be read here.