HC Deb 18 May 1999 vol 331 c288W
Mr. Fearn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what measures his Department is taking in order to increase voter interest in local elections.[84393]

Mr. Meale

Our modernisation agenda for local government, as set out in the White Paper, "Modern Local Government—In Touch with the People", published in July 1998, includes a range of measures designed to reinvigorate local democracy and to modernise local electoral arrangements. Where this programme requires legislation, it will be implemented when parliamentary time allows.