HC Deb 20 April 1994 vol 241 c533W
33. Mr. Grocott

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has to devolve power from central to local government.

Mr. Curry

The distribution of power between central and local government is guided by the principle of subsidiarity, which requires responsibility to be delegated to the level which is most consistent with competence, practicality and cost-effectiveness.