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Prospects for codifying the relationship between central and local government

Inquiry status: Report published, and Government Response published.

Link to the Government response: http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm86/8623/8623.pdf

Reform Committee has published its report, The prospects for codifying the relationship between central and local government, on Tuesday 29 January 2013.

3rd Report - Prospects for codifying the relationship between central and local government - Volume I | PDF version 3rd Report - Prospects for codifying the relationship between central and local government - Volume I (PDF)

Vol II oral evidence

Vol III additional written evidence

Vol IV additional written evidence

Additional written evidence received after the Report had been agreed.

On 1 November 2010 the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee announced an inquiry to explore constitutional and practical issues around the possibility of codifying (or formally writing down) the principles and mechanics of the relationship between central and local government. Evidence submitted to the Committee suggested that the relationship between central and local government was unbalanced towards central government, and that a previous attempt at regulating the relationship, the 2007 Central Local Concordat, had been a failure.

On 18 January 2011, the Committee agreed “that written evidence be sought from an academic witness, containing an illustrative draft code governing the relationship between central government and local authorities in England”. Professor Colin Copus of de Montfort University agreed to take on this work.

On 23 March 2011, the Committee wrote to all those who had given oral evidence to the inquiry asking for their views on the draft code for relations between central and local government.

Suggested revisions were received and at the request of the Committee incorporated by Professor Copus into the draft code. It is this revised version that the Committee has now decided to publish for wider public consultation.

The Committee itself has not taken a view on the document, but is making it available to the public for consultation to see what appetite exists, if any, for any form of codification of the relationship between central and local government.

Draft code  (PDF PDF 3.96 MB)

Please reply to pcrc@parliament.uk by Monday 5 November 2012.

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