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Local Government

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for a public consultation on the future of local government; and if she will make a statement. (72589)

Under the banner of local:vision, a debate with local government and other stakeholders began in July 2004 to determine what the future role and functions of local government should be. This debate continues and feedback from all stakeholders is welcomed. The debate will be drawn together in the form of a White Paper later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) underlying factors were taken into consideration and (b) criteria the Government used to conclude that transitional protections on the Local Government Pension Scheme should expire 10 years after the announcements of policy changes were made. (75324)

The regulatory impact assessment (RIA) to accompany the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (SI 2007/966), was made available in the House on 30 March. It sets out both the underlying factors and the criteria considered in providing the transitional protections in the regulations. A copy of the RIA is available in “What's New” at: www.xoq83.dial.pipex.com

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultations her Department is undertaking on local government reorganisation. (71494)

We have been engaged in a wide-ranging debate about local governance, including the future of two-tier arrangements in the shire areas and will finalise our position at about the same time as the publication of the proposed White Paper later in the year.