§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the benefits of introducing a system of proportional representation for local government elections in Wales. 
§ Mr. Win Griffiths
The emphasis so far has been on developing proposals for increasing the frequency of local elections. Little work has been done on the merits of alternative electoral systems for local government. Decisions on the way ahead in Wales will be informed by the response to the consultation document, "Local democracy and community leadership", published by my Department on 19 March.