§ Mr. Baldry
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the future of parish councils. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
As stated in our White Paper "Modern Local Government—In Touch with the People" (Cm 4014),Parish councils will continue to play a key role in many of our towns and villages".
In our forthcoming Rural White Paper we intend to address further how we see parish councils playing their part in rural local governance.