§ Mr. Corbett
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will place in the Library examples of the type of material of a party political nature, in breach of the code of practice in the Local Government Act 1986, which he intends to prohibit by means of the Local Government Bill currently before the House.
§ Mr. Howard
Local authorities are prohibited, by virtue of section 2 of the Local Government Act 1986, from publishing any material which, in whole or in part, appears to be designed to affect public support for a political party. The code of recommended practice to be issued under section 4 of the Act will be concerned with publicity material a local authority is permitted to issue; it will set out principles of good practice which local authorities will (if Parliament approves the Local Government Bill) have to have regard to in all their publicity decisions.