HC Deb 10 May 1978 vol 949 c547W
42. Sir David Renton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will issue a circular advising local authorities that they should not reject the decisions or advice of the commissioner for local administration in England without publishing their full reasons in writing for so doing and giving him the opportunity of commenting upon those reasons before they act upon them or decide not to take any action.

Mr. Shore

Where a local commissioner finds injustice arising from maladministration, the local authority concerned is required to act in accordance with Section 31 of the Local Government Act 1974. Advice on the requirements of Section 31 has been given in my Department's circular 76/74, a copy of which I am sending to the right hon. and learned Member.