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Local Government: East of England

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the letter to leaders of principal local authorities in Norfolk of 9 March 2010 from the Minister for Local Government, who will act as a champion in Whitehall for the Norfolk councils; and for what reasons other areas have not been given such a champion. (323527)

I look forward to a positive response from the local authorities in Norfolk to my letter of 9 March 2010. Should they seek a Whitehall champion, the details will be agreed following discussion with those councils.

Other areas in England have been offered similar “champions” during the local area agreement negotiations and the recent Total Place pilots.