§ Mr. Hoban
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2003,Official Report, column 403W on councillors (tenure), whether this change will be enacted by primary legislation. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The Local Government Act 2003 allows my right. hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister, by order, to move the date of local government and Greater London Authority elections in 2004 so that they can be held on the same day as the European Parliamentary election, making voting more convenient for voters. The Government will shortly be consulting on the Statutory Instruments which give effect to the Government's stated policy as set out in my previous reply.