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Unitary Councils

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for making decisions on bids that have been submitted by local authorities for unitary government status. (125356)

We intend to announce at the end of March which unitary proposals will proceed to the 12-week stakeholder consultation. Following consultation we will reassess those proposals and intend to announce by the end of July 2007 which proposals will proceed to implementation. Subject to Parliament’s approval of the necessary legislation, we expect any new unitaries to be fully operational by April 2009.