§ Mr. Wilshire
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list all statutory obligations currently imposed on local government in England.
§ Mr. Portillo
It is not practicable to list all local authority statutory obligations which arise under a very 223W wide range of both public general and local Acts. Moreover, in addition to those responsibilities which are cast in the form of legal duties, practical considerations may make other functions, which are formally only powers, effectively obligations.