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Local Referendums

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has issued on whether a decision by a local authority to hold a local referendum under the Local Government Act 2003 should be taken by (a) a full council and (b) an executive. (94843)

No such guidance has been issued. As this matter is not stipulated in regulations the decision is by default for the executive of the local authority to take, by virtue of section 13 of the Local Government Act 2000.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether county councils in two-tier local government areas may hold a a local referendum; and which tier of local government should pay for the costs of a local referendum in a two-tier area. (94844)

A county council in a two-tier area may hold a local referendum either independently of, or in tandem with, local district councils. Funding would be a matter for the authorities concerned.