eConsultations

Parliament is currently developing its capacity to run online consultations on behalf of parliamentary select committees. Please find below details of recent eConsultations run by Parliament.
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Speaker's Conference - now closed

Speaker's Conference

The Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation set up a web forum as part of its inquiry into the reasons why women, disabled people and people from ethnic minorities are under-represented in the House of Commons, and to recommend ways in which the situation can be improved. The Conference is also looking at issues of representation relating to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The posts received helped shape the recommendations made by the Conference. The Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation Final Report was published on 11 January 2010.


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Role of the Prison Officer - now closed

Justice Committee

The Justice Committee set up this web forum to gather views of prison officers, and others with experience of prisons and prisoners, on the challenges prison officers face working in today’s Prison Service. This forum closed on 19 May 2009 and the messages received helped shape the recommendations the Committee made to the Ministry of Justice in it Role of the Prison Officer report published on 3 November 2009.


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People and Parliament - now closed

Lords Information Committee

The House of Lords Information Committee wanted to hear from you about how we can improve understanding of the work and role of the House of Lords, and how people would like to interact with the House of Lords and Parliament. The 'People and Parliament' forum closed on 21 May 2009. The Committee's Are the Lords listening? Creating connections between people and Parliament report was published on 15 July.


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Traditional Retail Markets - now closed

Communities and Local Government Committee

The Committee set up this web forum to listen to the views of market traders for its inquiry into traditional retail markets. The Committee wanted to know whether markets are thriving or in decline. What could be done, and by whom, to support markets better? Is it becoming harder to run a market stall? Do market traders need more support, and if so in what ways and from whom? The forum ran from 17 March to 28 April 2009. The Committee's Market Failure?: Can the traditional market survive? report was published on 23 July.


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Students and University - now closed

Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee

The Committee wanted to hear what students at universities in England thought about the university admissions process and whether courses, teaching and university life had lived up to expectations. The Committee was particularly keen to hear from undergraduates, both those who had gone to university directly from school or college and mature and part-time students. The forum ran from 24 February to 7 April 2009. The Committee's Students and Universities report was published on 2 August.


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Aid Under Pressure - now closed

International Development Committee

The International Development Committee set up this online forum to listen to people’s views on how the UK Government helps poor countries, as well as to discover whether there had been any changes in public attitude since the onset of the economic downturn. The forum ran from 24 February to 7 April 2009. The Committee's Aid Under Pressure report was published on 2 June 2009


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Post Offices: Securing their future - now closed

Business and Enterprise Committee

The Business and Enterprise Committee set up this online forum to listen to the views of individuals and businesses who use post offices. How is the post office network important to you? What services must the public be able to access through the post office network, regardless of whether they are profitable? What new services could help make the network more profitable and help reduce the subsidy it receives? The forum closed on 10 March 2009. The Committee's Post Offices: Securing their future report was published on 7 July 2009


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Young Engineers - now closed

Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee

The Committee wanted to find out what young people thought about engineering. The Committee particularly wanted to hear how schools, colleges and universities had prepared students for, or shaped their attitude towards, a career in engineering. The forum opened on 28 October and closed on 9 December 2008. The Committee's Engineering: turning ideas into reality report was published on 27 March 2009.

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Engineering in the UK - now closed

Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee

The Committee wanted to find out what employers thought about the state of UK engineering and was keen to hear from engineering companies of all sizes and descriptions. The posts on this online forum, along with the written and oral evidence received in the course of the inquiry, will help to inform the recommendations the Committee make to the Government in their final report. The forum closed on 24 October 2008. The Committee's Engineering: turning ideas into reality report was published on 27 March 2009.


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Justice Reinvestment - now closed

Justice Committee

The Justice Committee is conducting an inquiry into whether the vast amount of money – currently £5 billion a year - spent on criminal justice areas such as prisons and probation is achieving what people want. The Committee wanted to know what you would do if you were in charge of the money currently spent on prisons and probation. What would be your priorities and how would you use that money to achieve them? This forum closed on 22 July 2008.


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Recruitment and Retention in the Armed Forces - now closed

Defence Committee

From 2 April to 28 May 2008 the Defence Committee ran an online forum to listen to the views of people with first-hand experience of Armed Forces recruitment and retention. What are the positive aspects of working in the Armed Forces? What are the disadvantages? Why do you think that the Armed Forces face such a challenge recruiting ethnic minority personnel? The Committee's Recruiting and Retaining Armed Forces personnel report was published in July 2008


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Domestic Violence - now closed

Home Affairs Committee

The Home Affairs Committee set up an online forum to listen to the views of people with first-hand experience of domestic violence and/or forced marriage. The Committee especially wanted to hear about people's experience of mainstream services (e.g. the police, courts, health and social services) and of support services (e.g. from refuges, voluntary agencies). The Committee's final report and recommendations to the Government Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage and "Honour"-Based Violence report was published in June 2008.


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E-petitions - now closed

Procedure Committee

The Procedure Committee was asked by the House of Commons to propose an e-petitions system with the following key elements: Members should be engaged with e-petitions as they are with written petitions; E-petitions should be open for the addition of e-signatures for a certain period before formal presentation; Once presented they should have the same status as written petitions. The Committee set up an online forum to gather the views of the public. The forum closed on 15 February 2008. The Committee's e-Petitions report was published in April 2008.

 

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Medical Care for the Armed Forces - now closed

Defence Committee

The Defence Committee set up this online forum to listen to the views of people with first-hand experience of Armed Forces health care. These posts, along with the written and oral evidence gathered during the inquiry, informed the Committee's recommendations to the Government. These were published in a Medical Care for the Armed Forces report in February 2008.

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Draft Human Tissue and Embryo Bill - now closed

Joint Committee on the Draft Human Tissue and Embryo Bill

The Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill covered many complex issues and the Committee chose four, on which they particularly wanted to hear public views. The posts received, along with the written and oral evidence gathered during the inquiry, helped shape the Draft Human Tissue and Embryo Bill report the Committee made to Parliament, which was published in August 2007.

 

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Local Government and the Draft Climate Change Bill - now closed

Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill


The Committee set up this online forum to gain the views of local authority officials and councillors, and members of the public, on the role of local government in the drive to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. The posts received, along with the written and oral evidence gathered during the inquiry, helped shape the Draft Climate Change Bill report the Committee made to Parliament, which was published in August 2007.