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Local Area Agreements

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance her Department has provided to local authorities on hon. Members' involvement in the development of local area agreements. (198801)

Each local authority responsible for preparing a local area agreement has a duty to consult “such...persons as appear to it to be appropriate” (Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, Section 106(2)(a)(ii)).

Draft statutory guidance on how to fulfil this duty was issued for consultation on 20 November 2007. The relevant passages are at paragraphs 4.8 and 5.7 - 5.12 (Creating Strong, Safe and Prosperous Communities), which can be accessed on the Department’s website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/statutoryguidance