§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, pursuant to his statement to the House on 21 March,Official Report, column 146, when he expects election to the new unitary authority of Bournemouth to take place; and what will be the period of service of those elected. 
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
Subject to Parliament approving the relevant order, the existing authority for Bournemouth will continue but with unitary powers from 1 April 1997. There will be elections on 2 May 1996 to elect a council with a fresh mandate; those elected will serve for three years until May 1999 when the normal four-year cycle will resume.