HC Deb 06 July 1983 vol 45 cc117-8W
52. Mr. Eyre

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will give details of the time scale to be applied to the abolition of the metropolitan county councils.

Mr. Waldegrave

Detailed proposals, which will be contained in a White Paper to be published in the autumn, will be the subject of wide consultations. We propose to introduce legislation in the 1984–5 Session of Parliament, with a view to transfers of functions becoming effective on 1 April 1986.