Green Paper

Green Papers are consultative papers on the options that the Government has determined are available to it in a certain policy area, sometimes including suggestions for legislation. They tend to be drawn rather widely and may equivocate on government preferences. Green Papers are drafted by civil servants with Ministers.

The Government formally seeks views on the options it has put forward. While a Minister always announces the publication of a Green Paper to Parliament, this is not always in an oral statement to MPs.

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