§ 7. Mr. Probert
asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he will publish the White Paper on the Reorganisation of Local Government in Wales.
§ Mr. Probert
Would my right hon. Friend consider taking action only on existing minor boundary anomalies and deferring action on major proposals until after the Royal Commission has reported its findings on England local government?
§ Mr. Hughes
As I have explained before, I take the same view on this question as did my predecessors. There was a separate local government commission for Wales and the then Minister of Housing and Local Government decided that he would not accept the Commission's report. He said that he would issue in a White Paper his own proposals for Wales. In view of the work done since and the urgency of the situation, it would be wrong to defer my proposals until the Royal Commission has reported.
§ Mr. Hughes
As my hon. Friend knows, the process of drafting and consultation on proposals as important as these must of necessity, take a long time, and until my White Paper is published and reactions to it are known, it is not possible to give a first statement about implementation of the proposals. However, it is my objective to introduce measures to improve the effectiveness of Welsh local government as soon as it proves practicable.