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ODPM steps in to rebut CABE criticism

CABE received some muchneeded good news this week when the ODPM issued a statement refuting a Commons select committee report that damned the design watchdog.

John Prescott's department refused to accept criticism from the ODPM select committee that CABE's design review function is still overly dominated by commercial interests and could be regarded as 'cursory' (AJ 10.3.05).

In an official response earlier this week, the government insisted that CABE was 'already working to meet many of the select committee recommendations through its continuing work to raise design quality at a national level, its support for local authorities, its current level of transparency and accountability, and its commitment to heritage issues'.

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