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Local Strategic Partnerships: Chorley

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will meet Chorley borough council and the hon. Member for Chorley to discuss the local strategic partnership; (192422)

(2) if she will take steps to ensure that (a) Chorley borough council and (b) the Chorley local strategic partnership consults the hon. Member for Chorley on future activities of the local strategic partnership.

I have asked my officials to meet with my hon. Friend to discuss Chorley’s local strategic partnership (LSP) and its contribution to the successful targeting and co-ordination of services.

The Government’s consultation on the future of LSPs (2005-06) emphasised the key role hon. Members could play in LSPs. It stated that:

‘MPs have substantial democratic legitimacy in the local area and the ability to bring a wide range of partners to the table to produce genuinely collaborative working. There is no set way to do this and current practice varies between the MP chairing the LSP to receiving papers and attending an annual event. Each area will need to consider the most appropriate mechanism for them’.