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Local Government: Publicity

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects of the changes made to the Code of Conduct on Local Authority Publicity in 2001 on the content, publication and distribution of local authority unsolicited newspapers. (294514)

The Department has made no assessment of the effect of the changes made in 2001 to the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity. However our consultation on the code earlier this year invited views on how the code might be revised and we shall be publishing our response to the over 300 comments we received before the end of the year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will amend the Code of Conduct on Local Authority Publicity to prevent local authorities publishing newspapers which directly compete with commercial local newspapers by incorporating similar content; (294522)

(2) what progress has been made in the revision of the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity.

Later this year we will be publishing our response to the over 300 representations we received on our consultation earlier this year about possible revisions to the code of recommended practice on local authority publicity. These responses did not show any widespread concern about council freesheets and newsletters.