HC Deb 17 July 1991 vol 195 cc222-3W
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 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.

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