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Compulsory Purchase

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to keep centrally held records on the number of compulsory purchase orders that have been issued by local authorities. (241428)

No. I do not think that the expense would be justified. The Government office for London now has responsibility for considering applications for the confirmation of compulsory purchase orders submitted by English local authorities to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. The casework management database includes some basic statistical information such as the number of CPO cases dealt with, the number opposed or unopposed, the number confirmed or refused and the CPO power used. Other types of local authority CPOs are dealt with by the Secretary of State within whose policy responsibility they fall.