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Politics and Government: Public Participation

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 110559, tabled on 24 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of encouraging deliberative democracy to strengthen citizens engagement with UK democracy; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

28 January 2022

The UK Government welcomed the opportunity to participate in the first virtual Summit for Democracy in December, with the main topics being: Fighting Corruption; Defending Against Authoritarianism, and Advancing Human Rights. Throughout the Year of Action, we will work with the US and other Summit participants to advance the goals of the Summit and the UK's own commitments. Alongside other Summit participants, we will discuss the agenda for the second, in-person Summit as it develops throughout the year.

The Government takes a keen interest in initiatives to facilitate discussion and interest in constitutional issues and the UK's constitutional arrangements, including citizens' assemblies, as part of our commitment to supporting space for the expression of a wide range of citizens' views.

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