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Part of Commons Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 25th April 2006.

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Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity) 10:45 am, 25th April 2006

It is up to the local authority to make thedecision as to how it would delegate its functions within theauthority, or whether to delegate to another authority. Equally, it hasthe power to terminate the agreement at any time. I hope that thathelps my hon.Friend.

I hope that,on the basis of this useful debate, the hon. Member for North Cornwallwill ask leave to withdraw hisamendment.