§ Mr. Moate
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement about the future work programme of the Boundary Commission, with particular reference to the questions of ward boundaries and parish boundaries, for the purpose of establishing parish 57W and community councils under the Local Government Act 1972.
§ Mr. John Silkin
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is required, by the Act of 1972, to review electoral arrangements as soon as practicable in the new local government areas. For this reason it is not likely to be able to undertake work in relation to parishes in the near future. The commission's programme of work is set out in its Sixth Report, however, a copy of which I am sending the hon. Member.