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National Parks and Broads Authority: Elections

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to make his response to the outcomes of the consultation on direct elections for the National Parks and Broads Authority. (270359)

I will give my formal response before the summer recess. I anticipate that my response will focus on alternative ways for ensuring that all the national park and broads authorities are as responsive as the best of these authorities, rather than on legislating for direct elections.