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Metropolitan Residuary Bodies

Volume 127: debated on Friday 19 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on metropolitan residuary body appointments.

The following have been reappointed to the metropolitan residuary bodies for the period 1 April 1988 to 31 March 1990 or until dissolution of the body, whichever is sooner:

Greater Manchester Residuary Body

  • Chairman: J. P. B. Hadfield, JP, DL
  • Members: K. J. Alford, OBE
  • Councillor A. B. Coyle, JP
  • B. Scholes, OBE, DL
  • C. H. Singleton, OBE
  • R. M. Willan

Merseyside Residuary Body

  • Chairman: N. G. Brodrick
  • Members: P. D. Carter, CBE
  • J. D. M. Forbes
  • W. C. W. Hughes
  • L. O. Jones Councillor J. R. Lloyd
  • G. B. Marsh

South Yorkshire Residuary Body

  • Chairman: B. E. Cotton, CBE
  • Members: Councillor R. Rigby
  • M. C. Simpson
  • The Hon. Neil Turner
  • P. I. Wolf

Tyne and Wear Residuary Body

  • Chairman: A. S. Robertson
  • Members: K. Douglas
  • Councillor V. Fitzpatrick, JP
  • W. H. Foakes
  • R. A. S. Sisterson
  • R. C. Spoor

West Midlands Residuary Body

  • Chairman: Dr. M. D. Skillicorn
  • Members: Councillor J. Adams, OBE
  • G. N. Jackson, CBE
  • J. P. Meering
  • W. S. Page, CBE
  • K. Williams

West Yorkshire Residuary Body

  • Chairman: T. McDonald, OBE
  • Members: K. J. Bridge
  • D. Hanson
  • F. A. Mallet, CBE
  • Councillor G. E. Mudie
  • R. W. Suddards, CBE

These reappointments reflect my right hon. Friend's satisfaction with the impressive progress made so far by the residuary bodies and his confidence in members' ability to maintain the momentum towards the bodies' eventual wind up.

The financial benefits resulting from the removal of an unnecessary tier of local government are now being realised. Within three years of abolition of the Greater London council and the metropolitan county councils successor boroughs and districts can expect to receive from the residuary bodies some £240 million in revenue balances that can be directly applied to reduce the rates, and approximately £305 million in capital receipts from property that can be used to enhance capital programmes. Taken together with the estimated annual long-term savings of £100 million resulting from staff savings, this brings direct benefits to the ratepayers of London and the metropolitan areas.