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Consultations: Great and Small – Are the rules really that different when consultations differ in scale?

Think of an airport …….. There goes the jumbo jet lumbering along the runway, taking 400 passengers to the other side of the world. Next comes the ubiquitous 737 with its load of 150 holiday-makers off to the Mediterranean sun. Last comes a tiny commuter plane with just four people on board – and one of those is the pilot!

All have taken a ‘slot’ on the runway. They have all had to wait their turn, accept the instructions of the control tower and follow the route allocated to them in navigating the airspace.

There’s more. None of those machines can fly without its airworthiness certificate, and technical standards are rightly enforced, even if they differ for different aircraft. Then their staff must be trained and emergency procedures properly implemented. Their licenses must be valid; fuel payments must be bonded …. and so on.


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Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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