asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many directives from the European Economic Community have affected the practice of local government authorities in England and Wales; and what advice he has issued in these directives since 1st January.
I regret that no figures are available. Various Government Departments are concerned with local authority functions and each is responsible for giving guidance, if required, on its own subjects. But few Community directives have necessitated the issue of advice to local authorities. No such guidance has been found necessary by my own Department since 1973, when two circulars were issued about the advertisement of public works contracts.