HC Deb 07 May 1936 vol 311 cc1856-7
17. Mr. SAVERY

asked the Home Secretary what has been the result of his direction to local authorities concerning the method of election to parish councils; and whether he proposes to take any further action in the matter?


I presume that my hon. Friend has in mind the question whether the election is to be at a parish meeting or by means, of nomination and poll. That, however, is a matter which, under Section 51 of the Local Government Act, 1933, is dealt with by the county council on the application of the parish council concerned, and my right hon. Friend has no authority to give any directions, either generally or in a particular case.


Has not a draft scheme been submitted by the Rural District Councils' Association for a number of years, and have the Home Office not yet come to a conclusion upon that draft scheme?


My right hon. Friend has not any powers under the Section I have mentioned, but I will look into the matter.

Brigadier-General CLIFTON BROWN

Is the Minister aware that many councils are dissatisfied, and cannot he look into the matter with a view to dealing with it?


The matter is governed by Statute.