Thursday, 19 April 2012

Localised powers for Cornwall

During Business Questions today I was pleased to secure confirmation  from the Leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, that the Government is committed to enabling Cornwall Council to acquire greater powers to enhance the lives of Cornish residents.

This confirmation follows discussions I have had with Ministers Mark Prisk and Greg Clark over the past weeks. The meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg yesterday was very positive too.

The Coalition Government is keen to explore with Cornwall Council how the transfer of new powers from London could help the Council to improve the quality of life of local residents, and to further help Cornwall’s economy grow.

I am pleased by this commitment, which could see Cornwall become the first rural region to enjoy localised powers on a par with the UK’s major cities, and look forward to working with Cornwall Council and my fellow Cornish MPs to enable this.

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