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Local Government: Official Hospitality

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the receipt of hospitality by local authority staff involved in planning matters; and what records his Department holds on the receipt of such hospitality. (291728)

While the Department issues guidance for councillors’ conduct it has not issued any guidance for local authority employees. Local authority employees’ behaviour regarding the receipt of hospitality would be determined by their terms and conditions of employment. In addition, the employing authority may have a code of conduct for employees addressing this issue. Consequently, the Department holds no records on the receipt of such hospitality. The Local Government Association has issued guidance in “Probity in Planning: The Role of Councillors and Officers—Revised Guidance Note on Good Planning Practice for Councillors and Officers Dealing With Planning Matters”. This can be viewed at:

http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/aio/1940404