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Local Government: Reorganisation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the compatibility of the introduction of unitary local government without local referendums with Article 5 of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. (252728)

We are satisfied that the introduction of the new unitary councils, following proposals from locally accountable councils, stakeholder consultations, and parliamentary approval, is compatible with Article 5 of the European Charter of Local Self-Government which contains no requirements about local referendums.