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Local Government Reform

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are his intentions as regards the arrangements to be adopted for handling the transfers of assets and liabilities between authorities necessitated by local government restructuring; and if he will make a statement.

My officials are discussing with officers of the Association of District Councils and the Association of County Councils the practical implications of any transfers of assets and liabilities between local authorities which might be necessitated by local government restructuring. In the light of these discussions, we intend to consult the local authority associations and local authorities on proposals for the treatment of local authority assets and liabilities in any local government restructuring.