§ 19. Mr. Ivan Lewis
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to involve local government in the better government programme. 
§ Mr. David Clark
Local government are key partners in the Better Government programme.
As part of the Deputy Prime Minister's initiative to develop the partnership between Central and Local Government, I have set up a Working Group on Public Service Delivery, which includes representatives from the Local Government Association. The aim of the Group is to develop a framework for innovative pilots to improve services at the local level through different organisations working together.