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Sustainable Development

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the progress of bids submitted under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007. (304336)

Officials have met with representatives from the Local Government Association, acting as Selector, on a number of occasions in order to co-operate with them as they draw up a shortlist of proposals under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007. The Selector Panel met on 23 October 2009, 11 November 2009 and 20 November 2009 to discuss which proposals should be included on the short-list. The decisions made by the Selector Panel at these meetings are available on the Local Government Association's website. I understand the Selector Panel is due to meet again on 22 December 2009 and is expected to submit the shortlist to the Secretary of State thereafter. The Secretary of State will then consult the Selector and try to reach agreement on which proposals should be implemented. Further discussions on the progress of proposals will take place as part of this process.