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Local Authority Publicity

Volume 622: debated on Thursday 15 February 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:When they intend to lay before Parliament proposed alterations to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity. [HL819]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
(Lord Whitty)

Following consultation with the Local Government Association, we have today laid before the House a draft of the proposed alterations to the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity. These proposed alterations reflect the new council constitutions and the introduction of referendums and petitions under the Local Government Act 2000.We also intend in the future further to review the code, having regard to councils' experiences of operating their new constitutions over a reasonable period of time. This further review will also cover the code's application to those authorities, such as police authorities, which are not adopting new constitutions.