Standards Board for England

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 21st October 2010.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham 10:30 am, 21st October 2010

What timetable he has set for the closure of the Standards Board for England.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The provisions will be in the localism Bill, and we will move as speedily as possible.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Conservative, Gillingham and Rainham

What will replace the board and how will members of the public be able to hold their councils and councillors to account?

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

We have been in discussions with the Local Government Association and we will have a code of conduct, which seems to me to be a sensible way of doing that- [ Interruption. ] Mr Raynsford seems to think that the boards have achieved something, but their only achievement has been to be petty, silly and pointless.

The latest example of that concerns a Green party councillor, Jason Kitcat, who placed unofficial video footage of a council meeting on his website. He has been referred to the board for not showing his council respect. With the joyous news of the Lady Thatcher's improving health, perhaps I could say to Councillor Kitcat: "YouTube if you want to."

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