HC Deb 23 March 1959 vol 602 cc91-2W
Mr. Moss

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the timetable of the Local Government Commission for England in reviewing the West Midlands special review area and related counties and county boroughs.

Mr. H. Brooke

The Commission announced on 5th January that it proposed initially to investigate the West Midlands special review area and two general review areas in the East and West Midlands. All local authorities in and adjacent to the review areas, as well as a large number of other bodies appearing to the Commission to be concerned, were notified on that day and were invited to submit statements in writing.

The reviews formally opened on 9th March. There will be many discussions, and the Commissioners are visiting the areas concerned. All this is bound to take time. The Commission, when it has drafted its proposals for any review area, must circulate them to all the local authorities and other bodies, who will have not less than eight weeks to consider them and to make any further representations.

The Commission is then required again to confer with the authorities and other bodies already consulted, before formulating its final proposals and submitting them to the Minister.

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