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Education: Local Government

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the likely impact of structural changes to local government on education. (146458)

The decision as to which proposals for unitary local authorities should proceed to stakeholder consultation reflected the collective decision of Government. All the 26 unitary proposals that were received in response to the invitation issued on 26 October 2006 were assessed against the five criteria set out in that invitation. The 16 unitary proposals that have been subject to the stakeholder consultation will now be reassessed against the same five criteria, having regard to all the information available, including that received in response to the consultation.