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Defining the policy objective
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Has there been appropriate consultation within government?
All relevant government departments should be consulted at an early stage.
It will generally be more efficient to consult with all relevant departments, and resolve any inter-agency differences in respect of the proposed legislation, before seeking Cabinet approval. This will help to identify possible conflicts or inconsistencies with any legislation or policies that that may already exist or currently be in development. It will also help to identify interest groups or other sections of the public that should be consulted.
Effective and appropriate consultation within government is a Cabinet requirement (paragraphs 7.24–7.45). The CabGuide also provides some useful guidance on who to consult within government.