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Agenda 21

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what timetable and deadlines he is working to for co-ordinating the drawing up and adoption of Local Agenda 21s. [17296]

At the United Nations General Assembly Special Session in June 1997, the Prime Minister called on all UK authorities to adopt Local Agenda 21 strategies by the year 2000. The Deputy Prime Minister will be launching a Joint Document next January, produced in conjunction with the Local Government Association and the Local Government Management Board, giving clear, practical guidance to councils showing why Local Agenda 21 strategies are needed and how to put an effective local strategy in place, building on the good practice that is being developed across the country. The document will ask all local authorities to send a copy of their strategy to the Chairman of the Local Government Association by 15 December 2000.