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Government: Assets

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 306W, on Government: assets, which clauses in the Localism Bill enable a community right to (a) challenge and (b) buy assets owned by central Government.

Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

Clauses 66 to 70 in the Localism Bill make provision for the community right to challenge. This is a right for voluntary and community bodies, local authority employees looking to deliver the service as a mutual, and parish councils, to express an interest in running a local authority service.

Clauses 71 to 88 of the Localism Bill provide for the listing of Assets of Community Value, and for a window of opportunity to give community interest groups a greater opportunity to bid to buy such assets. Clause 72 enables the Secretary of State, and Welsh Ministers in Wales, to make provision which will determine whether a building or land is of community value. This definition will be set down in secondary legislation following public consultation commencing in early 2011. Central Government assets which meet this definition will be covered.

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