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Local Authorities (Concurrent Powers)

Volume 889: debated on Monday 24 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has of the total additional cost imposed upon local authorities in respect of the grant of concurrent powers, and the increase in staff which followed therefrom.

A number of permissive powers were available to both county and district councils, or to district and parish councils in the former administrative counties, and this situation has not been significantly changed. The exercise of such powers depends on local discretion and consultation between authorities. No estimate is possible of the difference in cost as compared with a situation in which local authority powers were allocated solely to one tier or another.