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County Councils (Reserves)

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will publish in the Official Report the latest information available to him on the proposed changes in financial reserves held by English county councils during the 1990–91 financial year, and his estimate of the proportions of net revenue expenditure represented by such reserves at 31 March 1990 and 31 March 1991.

The available information derived from authorities' budget returns is given in the table. Negative values indicate drawings from reserves and positive values indicate the building up of reserves.

[pursuant to his answer, 21 June 1990, Official Report, columns 638–39]: The reports under consideration are:

Commission's report number

Date of receipt

Review of counties

Bedfordshire: boundaries with Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire566

114 November 1988

Berkshire: boundaries with Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey558

131 August 1988

Buckinghamshire: boundaries with Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire571

15 May 1989

Hampshire: boundaries with Dorset, West Sussex and Wiltshire5801 February 1990
Leicestershire: boundaries with Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire577

19 October 1989

South Yorkshire: boundaries with Doncaster (North Yorkshire) and Bassetlaw (Nottinghamshire)5854 June 1990
Staffordshire: boundaries with Cheshire, Derbyshire, Hereford and Worcester, and Warwickshire582

112 February 1990

Surrey: boundary with Hampshire57819 January 1990

Reviews of parishes within districts/boroughs

Chorley1 May 1990
Northampton2 January 1990
Woodspring12 February 1990

1 Decision to be announced shortly.

By statute, a period of at least six weeks has to be allowed for representations to he made to the Secretary of State following the submission of proposals to him by the local government boundary commission. In practice, a longer period is given. In addition, pressure of other work on the staff concerned has meant that we have not been able to deal with all difficult cases as quickly as we would have wished.