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Ocean New Deal for Communities Programme

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) why the Ocean New Deal for Communities programme in London E1/E14 has been put into special measures; and what factors underlay the decision to suspend resident board member Shirin Choudhury; (97407)

(2) if she will take steps to ensure that investment is forthcoming from Ocean New Deal for Communities and other bodies to carry out necessary repairs and improvements at the Ocean Estate in London E1/E14.

The Ocean NDC has not been put into special measures. The Department has commissioned an independent review of the NDC's programme, following the recent housing stock transfer ballot on the Ocean estate. Following this review and after discussion with London borough of Tower Hamlets (the accountable body for this NDC) we will be considering the position of the Ocean estate.

NDCs are set up with autonomous governance arrangements and boards. This will include codes of conduct which all board members are expected to adhere to. Any decision to suspend a board member will be taken by an NDC Board.