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Local Government: Reorganisation

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether retention of the status quo is a possible option for the future structure of local government in Suffolk and Norfolk. (246691)

Under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 it is open to the Secretary of State to decide to take no action in relation to the unitary proposals submitted to her by Ipswich borough council and Norwich city council or any alternative unitary proposals made to her by the Boundary Committee in response to her request for advice of 6 February 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to include the status quo as an option in consultation on the future structure of Suffolk and Norfolk local government. (246692)

Before making any decisions on any alternative unitary proposals in Norfolk and Suffolk made to her by the Boundary Committee in response to her request for advice of 6 February 2008, the Secretary of State will consider all representations received during the statutory four week period, beginning with the date—13 February 2009—by which she has requested the Committee to provide that advice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy that local referendums be held in Suffolk and Norfolk on the reorganisation of local government; and if she will include the option of retaining the status quo in the referendum. (246693)

We have no plans for local referendums on any proposals for unitary local government in Norfolk or Suffolk.