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Drainage Boards

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the local government Ombudsmen will extend their remit to cover internal drainage boards; and when cases concerning internal drainage boards may be submitted to local government Ombudsmen for consideration. [107691]

As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced on 12 March, we believe that there would be advantage in bringing internal drainage boards under the jurisdiction of the local government ombudsman. We will be discussing this with the ombudsman's office and making further announcements about this in due course.