§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has(a) met the Association of 366W Councillors since August 1988, (b) any plans to meet the Association of Councillors to discuss the Widdicombe report and (c) what representations he has received from the Association of Councillors since the publication of the Widdicombe report.
§ Mr. Gummer
[holding answer 28 February 1989]: Neither I, nor my right hon. Friend have met the Association of Councillors to discuss the Widdicombe report, and we have no plans to do so. We have received a number of representations from the association since publication of the Widdicombe report in June 1986, including comments on that report, and on the Government's White Paper on the conduct of local authority business (Cm 433). The association has recently written to Ministers seeking representation on the three working groups which have been established with the local authority associations on the code of conduct and register of members interests, standing orders, and councillors' remuneration.