§ Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the Government's policy towards the establishment of neighbourhood councils in urban areas; and if he will make a statement
§ Mr. John Silkin
The Government are strongly in favour of the establishment of neighbourhood councils in urban areas where the local residents want them, and are inclined towards legislation to make statutory status available to them. I yesterday issued a consultation paper seeking observations on this approach, and on a number of issues that it would raise. All hon. Members should have received a copy of the consultation paper.