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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty): The Audit Commission reviewed local authorities' first year experience of Best Value Performance Plans and published its report on 20 October. The Government agree with the commission's recommendations for local authorities, and in particular the advice that they should take a more strategic approach in formulating their programmes of Best Value Reviews.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Baroness Hayman): The Government are currently giving detailed consideration to the Maclean Group's report and recommendations and expect to make an announcement shortly.
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The Spoliation Advisory Panel last met in early November and it is anticipated that it will present its report to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport within the next month.
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