HC Deb 15 July 1976 vol 915 cc244-5W
Mr. Richard Wainwright

asked the Sec retary of State for the Home Department if, in the redrawing of local authority ward boundaries, he will take steps to avoid the arbitrary division of small district communities.

Mr. John

The rules to be observed in considering electoral arrangements are set out in Schedule 11 to the Local Government Act 1972. These require that regard should be had to any local ties that would be broken by the fixing of any particular boundary. I am sure that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England has this and the other requirements of Schedule 11 well in mind in the course of its reviews of district electoral arrangements.