HC Deb 24 July 1996 vol 282 cc336-7W
Mr. Rendel

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment when the ward boundaries last were reviewed; and when they are due to be reviewed again in each of the metropolitan authorities. [39654]

Sir Paul Beresford

The last reviews of the ward boundaries of the metropolitan districts took place in the following years:

Last review
Bolton 1978
Bury 1978
Manchester 1980
Oldham 1977
Rochdale 1979
Salford 1979
Stockport 1979
Tameside 1977
Trafford 1978
Wigan 1979
Knowsley 1980
Liverpool 1979
St. Helens 1979
Sefton 1977
Wirral 1979
Barnsley 1977
Doncaster 1978
Rotherham 1978
Sheffield 1979
Gateshead 1979
Newcastle upon Tyne 1979
North Tyneside 1979
South Tyneside 1979
Sunderland 1979

Last review
Birmingham 1979
Coventry 1979
Dudley 1979
Sandwell 1976
Solihull 1977
Walsall 1978
Wolverhampton 1979
Bradford 1979
Calderdale 1978
Kirklees 1979
Leeds 1979
Wakefield 1979

The Local Government Act 1992 provides that the Local Government Commission should, as far as reasonably practicable, conduct its own first periodic electoral review not less than 10 or more than 15 years after the Local Government Boundary Commission's review of the county in which the area is comprised. This does not apply where the Boundary Commission did not carry out a review of the county.

The Boundary Commission reviewed the electoral arrangements of West Midlands county council in 1981 and of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire county councils in 1984. It did not review the electoral arrangements of South Yorkshire or Tyne and Wear county councils.