HC Deb 05 February 1963 vol 671 c219
27. Mr. Vane

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs what particular areas are now under review by the Local Government Commission for England.

Mr. Corfield

The Local Government Commission for England currently has under review four broad areas. As their descriptions are lengthy, I will circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Vane

While appreciating that local authority boundaries cannot be fixed for all time, will my hon. Friend set some limits to the activities of this Commission, bearing in mind the fact that the main result of its nine Reports issued so far has been widespread dismay and high expense incurred by these local authorities most closely implicated?

Mr. Corfield

My hon. Friend will be aware that the terms of reference of the Commission were laid down in the 1958 Act and that there are no means by which we can interfere with them at this stage, even if we thought it was desirable to do so.

Following are the descriptions:

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