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Local Government Reform

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Minister without Portfolio what were the services to which he referred as being in need of extension and improvement in paragraph 3 of his letter of 22nd September, addressed to the Association of Municipal Corporations, which has been widely circulated; what is the nature of the fundamental changes which he indicated might be involved; and to what extent these changes will affect the position and powers of local authorities?

I should not like any words of mine to appear to set definite limits to the field within which improvements in our local government services after the war should be considered, but I may mention by way of illustration the changes in regard to public health and public assistance services involved in the Beveridge plan and the Government's education proposals recently laid before this House. The changes in the position and powers of local authorities involved in the last mentioned proposals have been set out in the relevant White Paper. The implications of the Government proposals in regard to public health and public assistance will become apparent when these are similarly laid before the House.