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Local Government: Cornwall

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons local elections in Cornwall will take place in October 2009; what the estimated additional cost is of not holding them at the same time as the June 2009 elections; and who will pay that cost. (252793)

Following the coming into force of the Local Elections (Ordinary Day of Elections in 2009) Order, the 2009 local elections in Cornwall are scheduled to be held on 4 June. However, as explained in my answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 20 November 2008, Official Record, column 771W, I was minded to defer the Cornwall local elections to the end of October 2009 as the Boundary Committee had failed to complete their review of electoral arrangements in Cornwall, and that before taking any decision to defer I would take soundings and consult those in Cornwall. That soundings exercise ended on 30 January and having regard to comments and representations received, I shall shortly decide whether to defer the Cornwall local elections.