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Local Authorities (Election)

Volume 109: debated on Saturday 2 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any plans to introduce legislation to change the system by which local authorities are elected; and if he will make a statement.

We have no plans to change the simple majority system of voting at local authority elections in Great Britain. We are still considering a recommendation by the Widdicombe committee of inquiry into the conduct of local authority business that all councillors in England and Wales should be elected every four years by whole-council elections based on single-member electoral areas.