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Local Government: Unitary Authorities

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 26 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which local authorities have applied for unitary authority status; when each of the applicants applied; and what is the current population of each applicant. [HL3199]

We received 26 proposals for unitary authority status by the 25 January 2007 deadline. The local authorities' populations are as follows:

Unitary ProposalsPopulation Estimates Mid-2005

(000s)

Bedford Borough Council

153

Bedfordshire County Council

397.7

Cheshire County Council

679.9

Chester City Council

118.6

Cornwall County Council

519.4

Cornwall districts

519.4

Cumbria County Council

498.9

Durham County Council

499.8

Durham districts

92.2

East Riding UA

327.4

Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council

80.6

Exeter City Council

117.6

Ipswich Borough Council

118.2

Lancaster City Council

138

Mid-Bedfordshire District Council and South Bedfordshire District Council

244.7

North Yorkshire County Council

582

Northumberland County Council

311.3

Northumberland districts councils

311.3

Norwich City Council

127.6

Oxford City Council

149.8

Pendle Borough Council and Burnley Borough Council

177

Preston City Council

131.3

Shropshire County Council

289

Somerset County Council

515.6

South Somerset District Council

156.1

Wiltshire County Council

446.6