HC Deb 26 October 1943 vol 393 cc27-8
45. Sir Ralph Glyn

asked the Prime Minister, arising out of the Government's policy that no alteration of boundaries of existing local authority areas can be made whilst the Local Elections and Register of Electors (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1939, remains unaltered, how the work of the Minister of Town and Country Planning, the Paymaster General and the Secretary of State for Scotland concerning post-war schemes is to be unified so that local authorities can proceed with plans which must be dependent upon the work of these four Ministries?

The Prime Minister

The temporary suspension of arrangements for the alteration of boundaries does not impede progress in connection with local town and country planning schemes, as any necessary grouping of local authorities can be secured by the formation of joint committees. If for any purpose it is desired to have suggested alterations of boundary considered now in readiness for the time when the statutory ban can be lifted, my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland will be prepared to receive representations from the local authorities concerned.