§ Mr. Lambie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from existing local authorities within the Cunningham district of Ayrshire on the need to increase the number of councillors in that district; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
Representations on this subject have been received from the joint committee representing the present authorities in the district and from the joint committee representing North Ayrshire. Additionally the county council, the Town Councils of Largs, Adrossan and Irvine and the District Council of Kilbirnie have made separate representations.
They have been informed that, in the interests of parity of representation, I determined the size of the council by reference to other areas in the Strathclyde region with a similar density of population.