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Inner City Partnerships

Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the structure and duties of the inner city partnerships for Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle-Gateshead, Manchester-Salford, Hackney-Islington, Lambeth and the Docklands.

The formal structure of each partnership consists of a number of committees and groups of officials as follows:


  • Partnership committee
  • Policy co-ordinating group of officials
  • Working parties on the economy and transportation


  • Partnership committee
  • Office steering group
  • Inner city team (of officials)
  • Inner city team sub-groups on the economy, society; physical environment; housing; movement; learning and leisure; health and personal social services


  • Partnership committee
  • Members steering group
  • Officers group
  • Programme co-ordinator
  • Working groups on economic development; housing and its environment; education and leisure; health and personal social services


  • Partnership committee
  • Officer working party
  • Inner city group—local authority and central Government representatives—task force—of officials and representatives from the private sector


  • Partnership committee
  • Members steering group
  • Officers steering group
  • Inner city unity
  • OSG sub-groups on employment; finance; vacant and derelict land and buildings; primary health care; language-education


  • Partnership committee
  • Officers steering group
  • Inner city unit


  • Sub-groups on employment and physical decay
  • Social policy forum
  • Working group on the private sector
  • Working parties on income maintenance and low pay; monitoring and evaluation

The Docklands Partnership has effectively been disbanded following the establishment of the London Docklands Development Corporation.

The duties of the partnership committees are to prepare and supervise the implementation of inner area programmes within their defined partnership areas. The other bodies listed assist them in this work.

Since we came into office, we have streamlined the machinery of partnership, and this has been reflected in a reduction in the number of sub-groups servicing the main partnership committees. Some of those listed now meet very infrequently. Others have been created to fulfil a specific remit, and have replaced sub-groups whose task has been completed.