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Consultations

Through public consultation the Government provides an opportunity for stakeholders and the wider public to contribute to policies and legislation.

The Government's aim is to increase the involvement of people and groups in public consultation and to seek their views. The consultation period will normally last for a minimum of 12 weeks to give the public time to respond, although there are circumstances in which shorter consultation will be unavoidable.

Consultations are carried out in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Written Consultations which sets new standards for consultation documents issued by the Government.