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Local Government: Cumbria

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will ensure that a current Minister in her Department meets representatives from Cumbrian district councils before any decision is made on the bid for unitary status from Cumbria county council. (151443)

During our stakeholder consultation there was the opportunity for all local authorities to meet Ministers and to make written representations. The consultation period ended on the 22 June. In the interests of fairness and impartiality, during this stage of the process, it would not be appropriate for me to have meetings with any affected councils to discuss unitary proposals.