HC Deb 24 March 1971 vol 814 cc528-9
32. Mr. Leonard

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to propose changes in the boundary of the Greater London Council area.

The Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Peter Walker)

As I said in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Esher (Mr. Mather) on 19th March, I have no plans to change these boundaries, and I do not consider this the time to reopen the question of the extent of Greater London. This issue was settled by Parliament after full debate, and the present boundaries have been in operation for less than six years.

Mr. Leonard

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that that answer will be received with great satisfaction and relief in the Greater London area despite the recent statement by Mr. Desmond Plummer?

Mr. Walker

I am delighted that any replies of mine should have created that great relief.

Mr. Maddan

Will my right hon. Friend consider with his other right hon. Friends the question of the continuance of I.L.E.A. now that a pattern has been set up in other metropolitan areas of the country where the boroughs control education?

Mr. Walker

This is a matter much better directed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education.