HC Deb 30 March 1979 vol 965 c429W
Mr. Michael Morris

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, how many circulars his Department has issued to local authorities (a) in England and (b) in England and Wales in each year since 1974; and how many issued instructions increasing the statutory duties of local authorities.

Mr. Guy Barnett

The total number of circulars issued is as follows:

Year England England and Wales
1975 33 96
1976 23 99
1977 30 99
1978 14 66
1979—to 29 March 4 9

Note. The figures relate to circulars issued by the Department of the Environment—DOE—and jointly by DOE and the Welsh Office. In November 1976 the transport functions then exercised by DOE were transferred to the Department of Transport.

The information requested in the second part of the question could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. However, circulars are generally of an advisory nature only.