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Doncaster Council

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects the Audit Commission to publish the findings of its corporate governance inspection of Doncaster Council. (314325)

This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission, and I will ask the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member direct. As the Audit Commission has already made clear, the inspection will take place as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made and we are keen to see the findings as soon as possible. However, it is important that the inspection is robust as the findings will inform any further package of support offered to the council. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has confirmed that we are prepared to use the powers he has to tackle any issues identified by the Audit Commission which require government action.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 29 January 2010:

Your Parliamentary Question outlined above has been passed to me to reply.

The planning for the inspection of Doncaster Council is well advanced and the necessary fieldwork will be completed as soon as possible. The inspection report (including recommendations) will be published as soon as it is complete but at this stage it is not possible to give a firm date.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.