§ Mr. William Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce the composition of district electoral areas for the local government elections in May 1993.
§ Sir Patrick Mayhew
I have today laid before Parliament the report of the District Electoral Areas Commissioner, Dr. Maurice Hayes, which contains his recommendations for the grouping of wards into district electoral areas for the purpose of local government elections in Northern Ireland. I have accepted the recommendations without modification and shall shortly bring forward for approval a draft Order in Council under section 38(1)(a) of the Northern Ireland Constitutional Act 1973 giving effect to the commissioner's recommendations.