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Planning and Local Government Finance

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many reviews of (a) planning policy and (b) local government finance the Government have conducted or commissioned since May 1997. (115042)

The information is as follows:

(a) Three overall reviews. But in addition a large number of individual policy areas have been updated or changed since 1997.

(b) Three. In addition, the Government, in consultation with stakeholders, have reviewed the distribution of formula grant to local authorities a number of times since 1997. Changes were introduced to the grant formulae in 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2003-04 and 2006-07.