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Written Question
Local Government: Reorganisation
10 Sep 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the number of people who voted for (a) Stronger Somerset and (b) One Somerset in the consultation on proposals for locally-led reorganisation of local government in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset; and if he will publish a breakdown of the number of people who voted in that consultation for proposals for reorganisation in (i) Cumbria and (ii) Yorkshire.

Answered by Luke Hall

The summary document that we published on 22 July 2021, available here , sets out the number of people who responded to the consultation, broken down into categories of respondent, and how each category responded to the different questions, specifying the percentage that responded in each way.


Commons Chamber - Mon 19 Jul 2021
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Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

How many people who responded to the Government’s consultation on unitary local government in Somerset supported (a) One Somerset and (b) Stronger Somerset. (902851)

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That is the most pathetic answer I think I have heard in 20 years. The Government’s consultation for the unitary was finished months ago. I …

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Written Question
Unitary Councils: Somerset
12 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many of the 5000 respondents to the recent consultation on the Somerset local unitary bid supported (a) one Somerset and (b) stronger Somerset.

Answered by Luke Hall

On 5 July I said in response to the Hon. Member’s parliamentary questions of 28 June, 29 June and 30 June (UIN 23083, 23084, 24394, 24907) that over 5,000 responses have been received for the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset; that the Secretary of State expects to announce his decisions on the Somerset unitary proposals before the summer; and this will be accompanied with a summary of responses to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset. This remains the case.


Written Question
Unitary Councils: Somerset
5 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the split was and number of votes were for the two options in the Government consultation on the unitary proposals for Somerset; and how many responses there were in total.

Answered by Luke Hall

On 27 April I said in response to the Hon Member’s questions of 20 April (UIN 184363, 184364, 184365, 184366, 184367, 184368) that thousands of responses had been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset, and that these responses were being analysed. I can now confirm that over 5,000 responses have been received from this consultation on the two proposals for unitary local government in Somerset.

The Secretary of State is now carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so, he will have regard to all the relevant information available to him, including the results of the local poll, and to all the representations he has received, including representations about the local poll and its conduct.

The Secretary of State expects to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals before the summer along with a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Unitary Councils: Somerset
5 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications of the outcome of the referendum held by the district Councils in Somerset on the matter of unitary authorities.

Answered by Luke Hall

On 27 April I said in response to the Hon Member’s questions of 20 April (UIN 184363, 184364, 184365, 184366, 184367, 184368) that thousands of responses had been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset, and that these responses were being analysed. I can now confirm that over 5,000 responses have been received from this consultation on the two proposals for unitary local government in Somerset.

The Secretary of State is now carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so, he will have regard to all the relevant information available to him, including the results of the local poll, and to all the representations he has received, including representations about the local poll and its conduct.

The Secretary of State expects to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals before the summer along with a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
5 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will make a statement on the local referendum on the future of local government in Somerset and its outcome.

Answered by Luke Hall

On 27 April I said in response to the Hon Member’s questions of 20 April (UIN 184363, 184364, 184365, 184366, 184367, 184368) that thousands of responses had been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset, and that these responses were being analysed. I can now confirm that over 5,000 responses have been received from this consultation on the two proposals for unitary local government in Somerset.

The Secretary of State is now carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so, he will have regard to all the relevant information available to him, including the results of the local poll, and to all the representations he has received, including representations about the local poll and its conduct.

The Secretary of State expects to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals before the summer along with a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
5 Jul 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many people responded to his Department's consultation on proposals for locally-led reorganisation of local government in Somerset; and where those people live.

Answered by Luke Hall

On 27 April I said in response to the Hon Member’s questions of 20 April (UIN 184363, 184364, 184365, 184366, 184367, 184368) that thousands of responses had been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset, and that these responses were being analysed. I can now confirm that over 5,000 responses have been received from this consultation on the two proposals for unitary local government in Somerset.

The Secretary of State is now carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so, he will have regard to all the relevant information available to him, including the results of the local poll, and to all the representations he has received, including representations about the local poll and its conduct.

The Secretary of State expects to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals before the summer along with a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many responses his Department received from people resident outside of Somerset to its consultation on local government reform in Somerset, which closed on 19 April 2021.

Answered by Luke Hall

Thousands of responses have been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset which closed on Monday 19 April. The Secretary of State will now be carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so he will have regard to all relevant information available to him, including the representations from the consultation which are now being analysed, and all other representations he has received.

He intends before the summer to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals and publish a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many responses his Department received from people resident in Somerset to its consultation on local government reform in Somerset, which closed on 19 April 2021.

Answered by Luke Hall

Thousands of responses have been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset which closed on Monday 19 April. The Secretary of State will now be carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so he will have regard to all relevant information available to him, including the representations from the consultation which are now being analysed, and all other representations he has received.

He intends before the summer to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals and publish a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many responses his Department received to its consultation on local government reform in Somerset, which closed on 19 April 2021, were recorded in favour of Somerset's four district councils' Stronger Somerset proposal.

Answered by Luke Hall

Thousands of responses have been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset which closed on Monday 19 April. The Secretary of State will now be carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so he will have regard to all relevant information available to him, including the representations from the consultation which are now being analysed, and all other representations he has received.

He intends before the summer to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals and publish a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many responses his Department received to its consultation on local government reform in Somerset, which closed on 19 April 2021, were recorded in favour of Somerset County Council's One Somerset proposal.

Answered by Luke Hall

Thousands of responses have been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset which closed on Monday 19 April. The Secretary of State will now be carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so he will have regard to all relevant information available to him, including the representations from the consultation which are now being analysed, and all other representations he has received.

He intends before the summer to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals and publish a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will publish the total number of responses his Department received to its consultation on local government reform in Somerset, which closed on 19 April 2021.

Answered by Luke Hall

Thousands of responses have been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset which closed on Monday 19 April. The Secretary of State will now be carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so he will have regard to all relevant information available to him, including the representations from the consultation which are now being analysed, and all other representations he has received.

He intends before the summer to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals and publish a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Local Government: Somerset
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on what date he plans to publish a complete data set of the responses his Department received to its consultation on local government reform in Somerset, which closed on 19 April 2021.

Answered by Luke Hall

Thousands of responses have been received to the consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset which closed on Monday 19 April. The Secretary of State will now be carefully considering the reorganisation proposals for Somerset to decide which, if any, should be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval. In doing so he will have regard to all relevant information available to him, including the representations from the consultation which are now being analysed, and all other representations he has received.

He intends before the summer to announce his decisions on the unitary proposals and publish a summary of consultation responses.


Written Question
Citizen Space
27 Apr 2021

Questioner: Ian Liddell-Grainger (CON - Bridgwater and West Somerset)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps Citizen Space is taking to verify the (a) identity and (b) nationality of respondents.

Answered by Luke Hall

I refer my hon Friend to my answers on 8 March to Questions UIN 159245 and UIN159246, which made clear that the Government welcomed the views of all those interested in the proposals, including local residents, town and parish councils, businesses and the voluntary sector; the process is not a poll or referendum, and hence there were no limitations on who was able to respond, nor is there a process of validating the details of respondents.

Those responding to the consultation on Citizen Space, the Department's online platform which is used widely across the public sector for consultation activities, were required to declare whether they were responding as a resident (and if so whether they are resident in the area concerned or elsewhere including overseas) or whether they were responding on behalf of an organisation and in which case the type of organisation. They were also asked to provide the name of the organisation on whose behalf a response is being made and the email address of the respondent. No further details about a respondent's personal or family's interests were requested.