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Local Government: EC Action

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the timetable is for ratifying the European Charter of Local Self-Government; (127368)

(2) what discussions she has had with (a) the Local Government Association, (b) London councils and (c) other representative local government bodies on the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

The Government ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government on 24 April 1998.

Ratification was widely welcomed by local government as being a symbol of the Government’s commitment to a new and constructive partnership with local government, a commitment that we are continuing to develop not least through the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill currently before the House.