HC Deb 23 March 1965 vol 709 c297
8. Mr. Farr

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he expects to come to a decision on the Local Government Boundary Commission"s recommendations for Leicestershire.

Mr. Crossman

I am hoping to announce my decision on the Commission"s proposals for Leicester before very long.

Mr. Farr

Does the Minister realise that it is now more than five years since the local Government Commission made its first recommendation and there is a real danger, now that there are nearly 40,000 extra people in the County of Leicester, that when he does come to a decision it will be based on inaccurate and out-dated information?

Mr. Crossman

I am aware of the danger of delay. Perhaps I may say to the hon. Gentleman that, if it is five years since the Commission"s first recommendation, it is only five months since I took office. I have been studying this, and the hon. Gentleman will realise—I know that he has studied the problem carefully—that it is one of the most complex and difficult and, if I may say so, important decisions in relation to the Local Government Commission which I have to take. I promise him that it will not be very long delayed.