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On this page you'll find South West Observatory consultation responses posted in date order. You'll also find links to upcoming consultations which may be of interest to those working across different themes in policy and research. 

On a regular basis SWO responds as a network to national consultations which relate, normally, to data and analysis. 

If you have questions about SWO consultation responses, please ask by emailing us on . 

  • Responses SWO is currently compiling
  • All SWO consultations responses
  • All upcoming consultations
  • Full list of government consultations
  • Tips on replying to consultations
Consultation responses SWO is currently compiling
(to find out more about these consultations and to submit your own responses, click on the links)

SWO is not currently responding to any consultations.

To read previous SWO consultations responses click on the link.

Full list of government consultations
(For details of current consultations across government see direct.gov or follow the links below to individual departments/agencies).
Attorney General's Office consultations

British Waterways consultations

Department for Business Innovation & Skills consultations

Cabinet Office consultations Opens

Charity Commission consultations Opens

Department for Communities and Local Government consultations

Department for Culture Media and Sport consultations

Department for Education consultations

Department for Energy and Climate Change consultations

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consultations

Department of Health consultations

Department for International Development consultations

Department for Transport consultations

Department for Work and Pensions consultations

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency consultations

Environment Agency consultations

Farm Animal Welfare Council consultations

Food Standards Agency consultations

Forestry Commission consultations

Government Equalities Office consultations

Health and Safety Executive consultations

Highways Agency consultations

HM Revenue and Customs consultations

HM Treasury consultations

Home Office consultations

Intellectual Property Office consultations

Law Commission - current consultations

Legal Services Commission consultations

Maritime and Coastguard Agency consultations

Ministry of Defence consultations

Ministry of Justice consultations

Office for National Statistics consultations

Office of Fair Trading consultations

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets consultations

Office for National Statistics consultations

Pensions Regulator consultations

UK Borders Agency consultations

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency consultations

Tips on replying to consultations

Consultations represent one way of inputting into policy development. To find out more about understanding and influencing the legislative process download the SWO briefing note from May 2011.

Before both Green and White papers, Civil Servants will engage with stakeholders on plans. A formal consultation period of 12 weeks almost always follows Green Papers. There is also possible consultation on White Papers. A formal response is normally followed by legislation.

Never miss a consultation deadline and only reply on those issues that are ‘mission
critical’. Sometimes the best replies are the shortest, most targeted ones to a specific part in a consultation. Get consultation responses in to a standard format and reply to relevant sections as laid out in the Consultation paper.