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Local Government: Elections

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) organisations and (b) individuals responded to the consultation on the date of the 2009 local elections; and what the name is of each which did not request confidentiality. (230715)

As I announced in the written statement I made to the House on 7 October 2008, Official Report, column 8WS, I placed in the Library of the House a document summarising the representations we received and setting out the Government's response.

In addition I have today placed in the Library of the House a full list of the organisations and individuals who responded to the consultation and did not request confidentiality.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to clause 5 of the draft Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Elections in 2009) Order 2008, for what reason it is proposed that the provisions on elections to fill casual vacancies should commence seven rather than six months before the June 2009 elections. (231024)

The approach that we have adopted in light of representations received, including from the Local Government Association, provides more clarity and certainty for returning officers as to when the period during which casual vacancies do not need to be filled starts. The date will be 7 November whether the election is held in May or June. This replicates the approach taken for the 2004 elections.