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Consultation guidance

The Government has a Code of Practice on Consultation. This Code sets out what people can expect from the Government when it runs formal, written consultation exercises on matters of policy or policy implementation.

Code of practice on consultation (PDF, 223KB)

The list below sets out which public sector organisations have signed up to the Code of Practice on Consultation. For any specificities regarding the application of the Code to particular organisations, please see the consultation pages on their websites. When organisations sign up to the Code, they will be added to the list below.


  • Attorney General's Office
  • Audit Commission
  • British Waterways
  • Cabinet Office
  • Charity Commission
  • Child Support Agency
  • Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service
  • Covent Garden Market Authority
  • Criminal Records Bureau
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families
  • Department Communities and Local Government
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Department for Environment, Food Rural Affairs
  • Department for International Development
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department of Culture, Media Sport
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Department of Health
  • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
  • Driving Standards Agency
  • Environment Agency
  • Farm Animal Welfare Council
  • Fire Services College
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Forestry Commission
  • Forest Enterprise England
  • Forest Research
  • Government Equalities Office
  • Health & Safety Executive
  • Highways Agency
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • HM Treasury
  • Home Office
  • Intellectual Property Office
  • Identity and Passport Service
  • Inland Waterways Advisory Council
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Law Commission
  • Legal Services Commission
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Archives
  • National Police Improvement Agency
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • North West Regional Development Agency
  • Office of Fair Trading
  • Office of the Advocate General for Scotland
  • Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
  • Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
  • Pension, Disability and Careers Service
  • Planning Inspectorate
  • Privy Council Office
  • Scotland Office
  • Security Industry Authority
  • The Law Commission
  • The Pensions Regulator
  • UK Borders Agency
  • Valuation Tribunal  Authority
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate
  • Wales Office
  • West Northamptonshire Development Corporation

To support implementation of the Government’s Code of Practice, the Better Regulation Executive provides guidance to officials who are planning to run a formal, written consultation exercise.