HC Deb 27 January 1944 vol 396 cc857-8
54. Mr. Wootton-Davies

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the desire of various smaller local authorities to amalgamate for the purpose of being better able to deal with post-war problems of magnitude; and whether, since this could contribute to the increased stability and efficiency of local self-government, he is prepared to approve such plans.

Mr. Willink

While referring my hon. Friend to the answers given to the hon. Member for Abingdon (Sir R. Glyn) on 14th and 26th October and to the hon. and gallant Member for Wycombe (Sir A. Knox) on 2nd December, of which I am sending him copies, I may add that the Government welcome any consultation between neighbouring authorities which they think will contribute to the efficiency of local government in their areas.

Mr. Wootton-Davies

Have the Government come to a decision that these people should amalgamate?

Mr. Willink

My hon. Friend knows what the Government's policy is with regard to the development of local government, and I cannot add anything to it.