§ Mr. Waller
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will seek to amend the Local Government (Records) Act 1962, so as to ensure that, following the abolition of the metropolitan county councils, archive powers are granted only to district councils agreeing to co-operate in maintaining and developing archive services on a county-wide basis.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
My right hon. Friend is at present consulting on the proposal in the White Paper "Streamlining the Cities" (Cmnd. 9063) to extend to all metropolitan district councils the powers to acquire and accept the gift and deposit of records. He will consider any representations made to him on this subject.