§ Dr. Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in the light of his announcement on 6 February, Official Report, column 957 of an inquiry into the practices and procedures in local government, he will prepare and place in the Library a paper outlining the current rights, responsibilities and duties of elected members as referred to in paragraph (a) of the terms of reference of the inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
The evidence to be submitted in due course to the Widdecombe committee by the Department is likely to cover the points raised by the hon. Member. It is because the rights, responsibilities and342W duties of councillors are unclear that this issue has been referred to the committee. Copies of the Department's evidence will be placed in the Library.