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Mayors

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on consultations on the establishment of procedures for the direct election of mayors. (295902)

The Department issued guidance to local authorities in 2000 on the consultation requirements for changing to executive governance arrangements, including for the establishment of a directly elected mayor. While the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 established new arrangements for changing to governance models, including moving to a directly elected mayor, we have issued no further such guidance. Within the statutory arrangements it is for each council to decide its own consultation process.