§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, what provisions permit local authorities to conduct local ballots, polls or referenda on issues of local concern; and under what conditions.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
There are specific provisions for parish polls in England and Wales on questions arising at parish meetings, where 10 electors (or one third of the electors for the parish, if that is less) so demand.
The provisions are in paragraphs 18, 21 and 22 of schedule 12 to the Local Government Act 1972 and the Parish Community Meetings (Polls) Rules 1987 (SI1987, No. 1).
For other local authorities, there are no specific provisions.