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This site was set up in 2008, to help people find Government consultations more easily, and to show that it could be done: quickly and easily. The site has never been funded as such, and has relied on volunteers for maintenance and support. It hasn't had much maintenance recently and this shows: some consultations can't be found and some functions don't work as they should. We are currently seeking funding for a new version of TellThemWhatYouThink.

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API Functions

Get Consultation

Fetches details for a consultation.

Function URI

http://data.tellthemwhatyouthink.org/api/dispatch.php?function=get

Returns

This function returns the details of a consultation and its documents. It is not always possible to retrieve all details for a consultation. When it is not possible to ascertain the value for a field, it will be absent from the data returned by this function. The following fields are guaranteed to be set:

The following fields are set when they are available:

Arguments

Example output

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
      <consultation>
         <guid>con-107-good-practice-guide-paternity-testing-services</guid>
         <uri>http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&siteId=en&ssTargetNodeId=660&ssDocName=DH_082626</uri>
         <department>DoH</department>
         <title>Good practice guide on paternity testing services</title>
         <pubdate>Mon, 04 Feb 2008 00:00:00 +0000</pubdate>

         <summary><![CDATA[<p>This is a 12-week consultation seeking views from stakeholders on a revised edition of the Code of Practice and Guidance on Genetic Paternity Testing Services (March 2001), which is being amended to reflect changes in the law since 2001.</p>]]></summary>
         <start>Mon, 04 Feb 2008 00:00:00 +0000</start>
         <doclist>
            <count>2</count>
            <documents>
               <document>
                  <guid>doc-315-download-good-practice-revised-pdf-387k</guid>
                  <title>Download Good practice guide on paternity testing services - revised (PDF, 387K)</title>
                  <uri>http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&dID=159176&Rendition=Web</uri>
               </document>
               <document>
                  <guid>doc-316-dear-colleague-letter</guid>
                  <title>Dear Colleague Letter on the consultation</title>
                  <uri>http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&siteId=en&ssTargetNodeId=597&ssDocName=DH_082620</uri>
               </document>
            </documents>
         </doclist>
      </consultation>