Dorset Combined Authority
The following is an extract from topical questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 16 January 2017.
Last summer, the nine Dorset councils submitted a proposal to my right hon. Friend to establish a combined authority. Will he ensure that the order establishing that authority is brought forward in sufficient time to enable the authorities to be set up on 1 April this year?
We have only just received the proposal to which my hon. Friend refers. We want to make sure that we take the right amount of time to consider it carefully. Whatever the result, we will make sure that enough time is allowed for this House to do its business.
[Official Report, 16 January 2017, Vol. 619, c. 683.]
Letter of correction from Sajid Javid:
An error has been identified in my response to my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope).
The correct response should have been: