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Government responds to public comments on Coalition Programme

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Government departments have today published their responses to comments made by the public on the Coalition's Programme for Government

More than 9,500 comments were published on the website debating subjects as diverse as climate change, foreign policy and badger culling.

Read The Coalition: our programme for Government.

Read the Government’s responses.

The relevant department has published a response to the comments for each section explaining the government’s position on the most popular subjects and setting out the next steps in realising the Programme’s vision.

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said:

The response has been fantastic and I’m pleased to see people have really engaged with this process

I hope people will see that this is different, it’s a permanent change to the way we run government, and that it is worthwhile engaging in this kind of process in the future. It’s important for us in government to remember we don’t have all the answers.

Oliver Letwin, Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, said:

At last, government has realised that there are 60 million citizens who really do have ideas. Through processes like this, we can give real power to the people and make things open.

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister launched the government’s five-year policy programme in May.