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Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action is being taken by his Department to ensure improvements in the performance of the London borough of Islington. [100518]

A process of support and assistance is now in place to aid recovery in Islington council. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has appointed a lead official, who is working closely with the council's elected members and officers to establish what needs to be done to bring about rapid improvement in Islington. The official will help Islington council, other Government Departments and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to work together in a co-ordinated and supportive manner to address Islington's key priorities and deliver the quality of services the people of Islington rightly deserve.