Local Government

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 10:32 pm on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) 10:32 pm, 5th February 2008

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for taking such an interest in what has been going on in Wiltshire. I said a moment ago that it was a matter for the proposing local authority how it chose to seek views and to represent them as part of its proposal. To answer his question directly, we as a Government Department did not undertake any direct opinion polling or checking of residents' views on the proposal. It was never our intention to do so, and I do not think that anyone believed that we would.