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Direct Labour Departments

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what response he has received to his consultation document on local authority direct labour departments.

The consultation document was sent to the local authority associations, professional and trade bodies and the trade unions, most of whom have replied. In addition, a number of individual local authorities have offered views making a total of some 63 in all and I am very grateful for the considerable efforts which all the respondents have put in. Most replies have confirmed our view that there is a need for legislation on local authority direct labour and have in general supported our detailed proposals for making direct labour organisations more accountable.