Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Fifteenth Report


1. On 12 June 2002, the Government published a consultation paper on its draft Local Government Bill and asked us to scrutinise it. We received written memoranda from 45 organisations and took oral evidence from 19 organisations during July 2002, culminating in evidence from the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford, MP, Minister of State for Local Government and the Regions. We appointed Rita Hale, Anna Capaldi, Amanda McIntyre and Professor Sir Michael Lyons and as our advisors and are grateful to them and all those who gave evidence to the Committee.

2. The draft Bill contains measures on local government capital finance, financial administration, grants, business improvement districts, non-domestic rates, council tax, housing finance and miscellaneous matters which include the categorisation of local authorities according to performance and powers to charge and trade. Our Report considers the general principles of the draft Bill, goes on to consider it by Part and concludes with observations about omissions and implementation.

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