§ Earl Ferrers rose to move, That the draft order laid before the House on 12th June be approved [23rd Report from the Joint Committee].
§ The noble Earl said: My Lords, I beg to move. This order implements the Local Government Commission's recommendations for Peterborough. Its primary effect will be that on 1st April 1998 the City of Peterborough will become a unitary authority. The rest of Cambridgeshire will retain the existing two-tier structure of local government.
§ We shall be making separate provision for ceremonial arrangements, under which Peterborough will be deemed to be part of Cambridgeshire.
§ There will be all-out elections to Peterborough City Council in May 1997, after which the order provides for the city council to return to its regular cycle of elections by thirds.
§ Moved, That the draft order laid before the House on 12th June be approved [23rd Report from the Joint Committee].—(Earl Ferrers.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.