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New Clause 1 — Consultation principles

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 31st March 2008.

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'(1) The Secretary of State shall, by regulations made by statutory instrument, set out a code of practice to govern local authority consultations with tenants concerning—

(a) a change of landlord, or

(b) a major change in the management of their homes.

(2) Regulations made under subsection (1) shall require the local authority to—

(a) place in the public domain all relevant information as is necessary for them to influence or control the management of their accommodation and environment including the resources available to the authority to spend on its stock, stock conditions surveys, the business plan of the proposed landlord, the transfer valuation, details of any land and property to be disposed of, and any other information on which the Offer Document and transfer proposal is based,

(b) ensure at the start of the consultation that all tenants are aware of their rights to access information as set out under paragraph (a),

(c) ensure that material it produces is objective, balanced, informative and accurate,

(d) provide the same level of resources for any tenant group who serves written notice on the authority opposing a proposal as that given to any tenant group making such a proposal so that they can put an alternative view to tenants,

(e) not deny any reasonable request from any group under paragraph (d) for lists of addresses and access to notice boards, meeting facilities and other relevant resources to enable all parties to communicate with those entitled to vote,

(f) give two months notice of—

(i) the start and end date of the ballot, and

(ii) how those eligible will be able to vote, and

(g) ensure that information regarding who has voted at any point in time is treated in confidence,

(h) not exceed spending limits for these consultations as may be determined by the Secretary of State and certified as proper by the District Auditor.'.— [Simon Hughes.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 210, Noes 263.

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