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Asked by Lord King of West Bromwich

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Local Government Association's Local Government International Bureau, which this year receives nearly £1.8 million support from Her Majesty's Government, offers guidance to local authorities on international twinning and partnerships.

UN: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights


Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The United Nations examines delegations only from its member states, which in this case is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In accordance with usual practice, all the devolved Administrations within the United Kingdom were invited by the Ministry of Justice to send officials to join the United Kingdom delegation.

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Bach: We are in the process of compiling the requested material and I will write to the noble Lord in due course. However, some of it may be exempt from disclosure under freedom of information legislation.

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