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STRAW QUESTIONS 'BIZARRE' EXCHANGE OF LETTERS OVER COUNCIL REVIEW

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Shadow environment secretary, Jack Straw has called the exchange of letters between Sir John Banham, Chairman of th...
Shadow environment secretary, Jack Straw has called the exchange of letters between Sir John Banham, Chairman of the local government commission, and environment minister, David Curry, on Monday following the commissions proposals for Derbyshire, Cleveland and Co Durham, as 'bizarre' and 'extraordinary', the Independent reports (p5).

Sir John wrote that he was 'disappointed' not to be able to recommend a unitary status for Derbyshire's rural areas prompting Jack Straw to ask Mr Curry whether Sir John was casting doubt 'on the judgement of the commission in making the recommendations they have, since it implies that in the commission's eyes these were very much second- best solutions.'

Mr Straw asked whether the final recommendations had been withdrawn.
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