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City Development Corporations

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how her proposed city development corporations will interact with (a) local authorities, (b) regional chambers and (c) regional development agencies. (94562)

The concept of a city development company is a flexible one, and it is sensible for places to decide the approach that works best for them. We will want to see efficiency, innovation and delivery aligned with accountability to local government, regional development agency support, and strategic fit with regional economic strategies, the regional spatial strategy and other relevant regional and sub-regional strategies. We will consult on draft guidance for city development companies following the local government white paper.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding she has allocated to promote city development corporations. (94563)

The Government will not be making decisions on funding allocations for future years in advance of the comprehensive spending review 2007. We will consult on draft guidance for city development companies following the Local Government White Paper.