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Local Government Reorganisation

Volume 720: debated on Wednesday 17 November 1965

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49.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, when the working party appointed to consider the reorganisation of local government will report; and if he will publish its findings.

The working party of officials has prepared a summary of its work since its first report was published, which is being circulated to the elected members of local authorities who form the steering committee. The summary is not in a form suitable for publication.

Perhaps the summary might be submitted to Members of this House who might wish to offer an opinion about it?

I accept that, but I am afraid that the report is inconclusive. It contains no formal recommendations as such. Once my right hon. Friend has consulted the local authorities, he wishes to proceed from that to see what should be done to take a wide consensus of opinion.