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Northumberland Unitary Authority

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will visit Northumberland to discuss the funding of the new unitary authority. (304616)

I can reassure the right hon. Gentleman that I have already had discussions with Northumberland about funding.

My right. hon. Friend the Secretary of State, along with my right hon. Friend the Minister for the North East met the leader and chief executive of Northumberland in the summer.

In addition, officials are maintaining a regular dialogue with council officers, with their next meeting being in Morpeth on Friday this week.