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Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1378W, on lighting, whether switching off street lighting at night is deemed to be a service cut, according to the methodology used by her Department. (199284)

It would depend on the circumstances. As with any action reported as an efficiency gain, a local authority must assess whether service quality has been maintained and provide evidence to that effect as part of their Annual Efficiency Statement.