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Local Government: Reorganisation

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for judicial review of a ministerial decision have been brought in relation to his Department's plans for local government restructuring; which bodies have made the applications; and what timetables have been set for each case. (319300)

Regarding the Secretary of State's decisions of 10 February 2010 to implement unitary proposals in Exeter and Norwich, one joint judicial review has been brought by Devon and Norfolk county councils. The High Court has ordered that the case be listed for a hearing estimated at two days in the period 19 to 30 April 2010.

Nine separate challenges were brought by local authorities against the Secretary of State in relation to decisions taken in 2007 on unitary proposals concerning Bedfordshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Durham, Exeter, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Shropshire and Wiltshire. All these challenges have either been refused permission to apply for judicial review, withdrawn, or dismissed by the court.