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Community Empowerment, Housing and Economic Regeneration

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 7 May (WA 134), what criteria were applied in deciding whether further changes in policy and practice discussed in the White Paper Communities in Control required legislation. [HL4049]

Government can promote changes in the policies and practices of external bodies through a variety of means, such as legislation, the provision of funding information or guidance, by piloting initiatives, and by spreading best practice. The assessment of the best means in any circumstances is carried out on a case by case basis.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 7 May (WA 134), on what grounds they have decided not to take forward “a number of more minor proposals, namely on remote attendance and voting by councillors, payments for councillors on loss of office, and incentives to vote in local elections”.[HL4050]

Most of the proposals for change in the White Paper Communities in Control do not require legislation. For those where legislation is required, the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill, which is currently before Parliament, contains the major provisions, including a number added since introduction.

Given the stage of the parliamentary cycle, we have decided to concentrate our energy on this, and not to publish a Draft Community Empowerment Bill, which would have contained only a few more minor proposals.

Substantial progress has been made since Communities in Control was published. We published a “Communities Progress Report” on 1 June. Copies are in the Libraries of the House.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 7 May (WA 134), what the remaining proposals are which require legislation, in addition to any legislation responding to the consultation on Changing Council Governance Arrangements and proposed reforms to parish governance. [HL4051]

The Government have no current plans for legislation to implement proposals in the White Paper Communities in Control, beyond those provisions in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill, currently before Parliament.