HC Deb 05 March 1903 vol 118 cc1545-6

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that for different purposes each English county is divided into an administrative county, a registration county, and an old geographical county, with overlapping areas; and whether in future arrangements he can insure that a county, instead of having three or four different areas, shall have one for all purposes.

(Answered by Mr. Walter Long.) I am aware of the fact referred to in the first part of the Question. I agree that it is very desirable as far as practicable to avoid the overlapping of areas; but there are very considerable difficulties in the way of securing any such arrangement as that suggested by the hon. Member.