HC Deb 26 May 1976 vol 912 cc417-8
4. Dr. Edmund Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will seek powers to enable all members of a parish council to speak and vote at the parish meeting of the corresponding parish.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Environment (Mr. Guy Barnett)

We will certainly keep this point in mind for further consideration.

Dr. Marshall

Is it not anomalous that a person living just outside the boundaries of a parish can be elected to the parish council but even when so elected is unable to participate in the annual parish meeting?

Mr. Barnett

I accept that this is something of an anomaly, but a parish councillor can always attend and speak at a parish meeting by invitation.

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