On Wednesday 6th September, Dr Dan was delighted to welcome colleagues from East Suffolk to Parliament, along with his fellow Suffolk MPs, Therese Coffey and Peter Aldous, ahead of a meeting with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to progress talks on the merger of East Suffolk Councils.
Attending the meeting were the respective Leaders of Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council - Cllr Ray Herring and Cllr Mark Bee, along with Joint Chief Executive, Stephen Baker.
The vision is to merge both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney districts into a single council for East Suffolk, delivering more streamlined services for residents, whilst at the same time achieving significant financial savings. Both councils have been working collaboratively for some time now and it is hoped that a decision will soon be taken by DCLG to allow the formal process of merging to begin.
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Written Answers — Department for Education: Pre-school Education: Admissions (17 Oct 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the report entitled, Study of early education and development: the potential value for money of early education, published in July 2017, what sample size was used to calculate the mean hourly delivery cost for a three to four-year old place in the east of England.
Written Answers — Department of Health: Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients (16 Oct 2017)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times the Mental Health Act 1983 has been used for the purposes of detention by ethnic group in each year since 2005.