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Local Government (Control)

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for the further relaxation of controls by central Government over the activities of local government.

Legislation has already been introduced to implement those relaxations proposed in the recent White Paper—Cmnd. 7634—concerning education; further legislation will be brought forward shortly to deal with the rest. That White Paper also announced the Government's intention to review local authorities' statutory duties; to review their role in relation to local government byelaws; and to review their need for statistical information from local authorities. These reviews are in progress.