HC Deb 16 May 1972 vol 837 cc70-1W
65 and 66. Captain W. Elliot

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) to what extent, in making its recommendations, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England was required to take into account local opinion on its proposals;

(2) what procedure he proposes to take steps to introduce in order that local authorities may have the opportunity to object to the proposals for boundary changes made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Graham Page

The criteria the commission is required to take into account in formulating its proposals for the new districts are set out in Circular 58/71, a copy of which I am sending to my hon. Friend. These criteria include—among other considerations—a requirement to …have particular regard to the wishes of the local inhabitants". As regards procedure it is required to …consider suggestions and proposals put to them by local authorities and other persons and bodies… and make draft proposals. This it has done, and invited comments thereon to be submitted before 26th April and 21st June.