§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he intends to publish the draft bill on political management structures and the new ethical framework for local government; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Prescott
I intend tomorrow to lay before the House a paper describing new forms of local governance, and including a draft of a Bill making provision for them. If enacted, the Bill would transform local government's political management structures and ethical framework. Local people would be able to choose forms of local governance with strong leadership for communities, powerful roles for all councillors, and high standards of conduct.