I do not want to delay the hon. Gentleman, but I wish to ensure that his points are dealt with. The Bill would give local authorities an option, but it would make nothing compulsory. It is intended absolutely not to add any burden but to take away one that restricts activity. I understand not wanting to limit local government's powers, but the hon. Gentleman's party talks all about localism and the Bill is about giving local authorities more power and more freedom so that they are less restricted.
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