§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if it is his intention that the county council elections, in counties included in the first tranche of authorities for review by the Local Government Commission, will take place as scheduled in May 1993; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Robin Squire
The Secretary of State may not use his powers under the Local Government Act 1992 to postpone elections or order fresh ones until the Commission has finished reviewing an area and he has decided on the changes to local government structure that he will recommend to Parliament. We therefore expect all county council elections to go ahead in May 1993.