Dear Department for Education,

According to the Cabinet Office's 'Consultation Principles 2018' government departments should publish responses within 12 weeks of the consultation or provide an explanation why this is not possible. (See point J.)

Consultation principles: guidance - GOV.UK
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In answer to a recent written question the Minister of State simply stated , "The call for evidence closed on 2 July 2018 and responses are still being analysed. A formal government response document will be published in due course."

Home Education:Written question - 179207 - UK Parliament
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Clearly the government is in breach of its own guidelines.

Please:

A) explain why it has not been possible for you to respond within the recommended 12 week period;
B) provide an estimation of when the analysis of the responses will be completed;
C) when the department expects to publish its full response by;
D) if the department expects to published revised guidelines at the same time as the response, or if there will be a further period of consideration before it is made available.

Yours faithfully,

R Hardy

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Mr Hardy

 

Thank you for your request for information, received on 24 October, which
was as follows:

 

 

Dear Department for Education,

 

According to the Cabinet Office's 'Consultation Principles 2018'
government departments should publish responses within 12 weeks of the
consultation or provide an explanation why this is not possible. (See
point J.)

 

Consultation principles: guidance - GOV.UK
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

In answer to a recent written question the Minister of State simply stated
, "The call for evidence closed on 2 July 2018 and responses are still
being analysed. A formal government response document will be published in
due course."

 

Home Education:Written question - 179207 - UK Parliament

[2]https://www.parliament.uk/business/publi...

 

Clearly the government is in breach of its own guidelines.

 

Please:

A) explain why it has not been possible for you to respond within the
recommended 12 week  period;

B) provide an estimation of when the analysis of the responses will be
completed;

C) when the department expects to publish its full response by;

D) if the department expects to published revised guidelines at the same
time as the response, or if there will be a further period of
consideration before it is made available.

 

 

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

The answers to your queries are as follows:

 

a. Because the analysis and consideration of the responses has taken
longer than the time period which would be necessary to publish a
government response document within 12 weeks;

b. The full analysis is likely to be completed shortly;

c. No date has yet been decided because it is not clear how much longer
consideration of the contents of the response document will take -  so no
further information exists on this point;

d. No decision has yet been taken on whether publication of the revised
guidance will precede that of the government response document, or will be
concurrent with it.

 

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