HC Deb 17 January 1972 vol 829 cc57-8W
Mr. Wiggin

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table showing the population, rateable value and area of the proposed counties of Avon and Somerset, respectively, and combined together, and a table showing the relative position of each figure in comparison with all other non-metropolitan counties.

Mr. Graham Page

Information regarding the population and rateable value of the proposed new counties in England (as they are defined in the Local Government Bill) was published in my Department's circular No. 84/71 dated 4th November, 1971, copies of which were placed in the Vote Office.

The following table indicates the estimated areas of the non-metropolitan counties:

County Area (Acres)
Avon 346,902
Bedfordshire 303,901
Berkshire 274,270
Buckinghamshire 464,536
Cambridgeshire 868,228
Cheshire 555,048
Cornwall 876,295
Cumbria 1,682,965
Derbyshire 637,756
Devon 1,688,190
Dorset 702,822
Durham 597,487
East Sussex 444,918
Essex 812,649
Gloucestershire 674,399
Hampshire 973,035
Hertfordshire 403,816
Humberside 886,236
Kent 975,977
Lancashire 746,838
Leicestershire 630,836
Lincolnshire 1,388,819
Malvernshire 969,807
Norfolk 1,329,409
North Yorkshire 1,918,386
Northamptonshire 583,405
Northumberland 1,209,055
Nottinghamshire 535,732
Oxfordshire 645,332
Salop 862,340
Somerset 853,677
Staffordshire 670,539
Suffolk 1,108,677
Surrey 396,240
Teesside 285,250
Warwickshire 457,838
West Sussex 488,965
Wiltshire 860,602
If these 38 proposed non-metropolitan counties are listed in order of population, Avon ranks ninth, Somerset thirty-fifth and the two counties combined fourth. If listed in order of rateable value, Avon would rank seventh, Somerset thirty-fifth and the two counties combined fifth. If listed in order of size Avon would rank thirty fifth, Somerset sixteenth and the two counties combined seventh.