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Unitary Councils: Freedom of Information

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which bodies will hold the records of local authorities which have been replaced under unitary restructuring for Freedom of Information Act 2000 purposes. (273209)

The Local Government (Structural Changes)(Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/2176) require that where predecessor councils are succeeded by one unitary council, property, rights and liabilities which would include records transfer to the successor council. Where two new unitary councils have been formed in a former county area, the regulations require that the records of the predecessor district councils transfer to the relevant new unitary and those of the predecessor county council transfer to one or other of the new unitary councils as agreed between them. The regulations also require that where there are two successor councils, the one holding the records must make them available to the other.