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Government develops standard approach to public consultation 2 November 2007

THE Isle of Man Government is moving towards a more standard approach to consulting the public and other stakeholders.

The Chief Secretary’s Office has this week published a Draft Code of Practice on Consultation providing best practice guidance for all parts of Government. Consultation exercises, says the document, should be clear, concise, widely accessible and offer feedback on the responses received.

A minimum of six weeks – at least once during the development of legislation or policy – is recommended for written consultation.

Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK explained:

‘Public consultation is an aspect of open Government, which is a fundamental principle of good corporate governance endorsed by Tynwald.
‘It is vital – particularly in the consensus style of politics we have in the Isle of Man – that important Government decisions can take into account a range of information and views from the wider community.’

The Chief Minister continued:

‘The Council of Ministers has agreed that there should be a standard approach to consultation practice across Government so that all respondents know what to expect.
‘The Code of Practice provides clear guidelines for Government and the public to follow. It is also a restatement of Government’s commitment to the principle of two-way communication with the public.’

The Draft Code of Practice on Consultation is available from the Chief Secretary’s Office, the Tynwald Library or online at the Chief Secretary’s Office website www.gov.im/cso. Comments should be submitted to Linda McCauley, Acting Head of Council of Ministers Administration, the Chief Secretary’s Office, Bucks Road, Douglas IM1 3PG (email: Linda.McCauley@cso.gov.im) by December 23 2007.

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