126. Mr. Barnett
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many representations he has received on the subject of neighbourhood councils similar to those forwarded to him by the hon. Member for Heywood and Royton from Whitworth Urban District Council; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Graham Page
My right hon. Friend has received a large number of letters referring to the points mentioned in the communication from the Whitworth Urban District Council. The whole subject of local authorities at parish level was fully discussed before Christmas in the Standing Committee which is examining the Local Government Bill and the Government have undertaken to give the matter further consideration before Report stage.