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Local Government: Reorganisation

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission on what grounds the Boundary Committee for England decides which bodies it is prepared to meet during its consultations on local government structural reviews. (244853)

The Electoral Commission informs me that when carrying out a review the Boundary Committee for England organises a series of roundtable discussions to which it invites the county council, the district councils, the parish and town councils in the county and other bodies who currently work closely with local government and who the committee considers would have views on how any future unitary pattern of local government could work.

The Commission further informs me that the committee also uses stakeholder lists provided by the councils in order to help identify other individuals, organisations and businesses.