County Council Chief Executives
Communities and Local Government

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Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines she has set for chief executives of county councils with respect to whether they can participate in lobbying the electorate in a referendum on unitary status and whether they are allowed to debate publicly with politicians on this subject.

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Phil Woolas (Minister of State (Local Government & Community Cohesion), Department for Communities and Local Government; Oldham East and Saddleworth, Labour)

Within the statutory framework, including the requirements under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 restricting certain officers' party political activities, the conduct of chief executives is a matter for them and their councils.


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