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COMMONS MOTIONS ON WESTMINSTER CITY HOUSING REPORT

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Shadow environment secretary Jack Straw has laid two early day motions in the House of commons concerning Westminst...
Shadow environment secretary Jack Straw has laid two early day motions in the House of commons concerning Westminster city council.

The first motion list a variety of dates on which the District Auditor for Westminster according to Mr Straw planned to issued the report of his provisional finds and all material documents relating to his enquiry into the designated sales policy of Westminster city council.

The motion also says 'That this House..is deeply concerned that over four years, a period longer than the local government electoral cycle, have elapsed since formal objections were made to this policy of the city council, which policy the objectors claim had the purpose of gerrymandering the electoral composition of key marginal wards, by moving out lower-income Labour supporters, and moving in more affluent Conservative voters.'

Mr Straw's second motion starts: 'That this House is profoundly alarmed by the fact in respect of his investigation into the city's designated sales policy, the district auditor of Westminster had to use his formal powers to compel some of the respondents and witnesses to attend for interview, and had to conduct a raid on the offices of Westminster city council to obtain copies of documents, some of the originals of which had been shredded>'

The motion continues to highlight several factors which Mr Straw considers are delaying any oral hearing into the district auditor's report until after the 1994 local elections. And, the motion calls for the district auditor to set a firm date for publication of the report.
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