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Local Government: Reorganisation

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirement there is for a local authority to consult (a) town and parish councils, (b) the Lord Lieutenant, (c) hon. Members and (d) neighbouring local authorities when applying for borough status; what guidance she has issued to local authorities on the matter; and if she will make a statement. (242621)

The Secretary of State has issued no guidance on this matter. Under section 245 of the Local Government Act 1972 a district council may petition Her Majesty the Queen through the Privy Council Office for the grant of a Charter conferring the status of borough. The Privy Council Office seeks the views and recommendation of the Secretary of State as Privy Counsellor with policy responsibility for local government matters. The only statutory requirement which a local authority has to meet in order to present a petition is that the district council must resolve by a two thirds majority of its members in favour of a petition before one can be presented. It is a matter for the district council to decide on whether they consult with parish and town councils, Lord Lieutenants or neighbouring local authorities.