The Balance of Power: Central and Local Government

Oral evidence session

Monday 15 December 2008

4.20 pm Jeremy Smith, Secretary General of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), appearing in a personal capacity

Martin Willis, Director of the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), University of Birmingham

5.00pm Cllr David Shakespeare OBE, Vice Chair, Local Government Association and Leader of the Conservative Group (Buckinghamshire CC)

Cllr Richard Kemp, Deputy Chair, Local Government Association and Leader of the Liberal Democratic Group (Liverpool City Council)

Cllr Keith Ross, Deputy Chair, Local Government Association and Leader of the Independent Group (West Somerset DC)

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, Local Government Association (Stevenage BC)

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee, in a Committee Room at the House of Commons. All members of the public entering the Palace of Westminster are subject to security search, so please allow time for this.

Written evidence for this inquiry can be viewed on the Committee website.


Committee Membership is as follows: Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Chair, Lab), Sir Paul Beresford MP (Con), Mr Clive Betts MP (Lab), John Cummings MP (Lab), Jim Dobbin MP (Lab/Co-op), Andrew George (Lib Dem), Mr Greg Hands MP (Con), Anne Main MP (Con), Mr Bill Olner MP (Lab), Dr John Pugh MP (Lib Dem), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab).

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