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API Functions

Get Consultation

Fetches details for a consultation.

Function URI


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:


Example output

      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
         <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>
                  <title>Download Good practice guide on paternity testing services - revised (PDF, 387K)</title>
                  <title>Dear Colleague Letter on the consultation</title>