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Parish Councils

Volume 885: debated on Wednesday 5 February 1975

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52.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will introduce legislation to provide an alternative procedure for the establishment of new parish councils, independent of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and dependent on local initiative.

No. The present procedure already provides for proposals to come forward as a result of local initiatives, and I do not think it would be right to bypass the Local Government Boundary Commission, whole rĂ´le is to provide an independent assessment of proposals affecting the pattern of authorities.