HL Deb 19 October 1995 vol 566 cc828-9
The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham)

My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.

Moved, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the relationship between central government and local authorities in Great Britain; and, in particular, to consider—

(1) the balance in that relationship between the powers exercised at central and local level;

(2) the effect of that relationship on local authorities' activities, particularly as regulator, service provider and community leader;

(3) the need for regulation of local authorities as a means of ensuring appropriate standards of service and value for money, and the forms such regulation should take;

(4) the financial relationship between central government and local authorities including the extent to which financial independence for local authorities is desirable and practicable;

and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee—

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time be printed and, if the Committee think fit, be delivered out;

That the Committee have power to appoint Specialist Advisers;

That the Committee do meet on Wednesday, 25th October at half-past ten o'clock.—(The Chairman of Committees.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.