§ Sandra Gidley
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many consultation documents were issued by her Department from(a) 15 October to 14 January, (b) 15 January to 14 April, (c) 15 April to 14 July and (d) 15 July to 14 October in each year from 1996. 
§ Ms Hewitt
Since the introduction of the Consultation Code on 1 January 2001, consultation documents have been issued as follows:
Date Number 1 January to 14 January 1 15 January to 14 April 23 15 April to 14 July 10 15 July to 14 October 17 15 October to date 2
Records relating to consultations issued before the introduction of the Consultation Code on 1 January 2001 are held not centrally, but by the management unit responsible for the policy area concerned. The information requested in relation to this period could be obtained and collated only at disproportionate cost.