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Local Government: Parish Councils

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will deal with any of the outstanding parish reviews which involve the creation of new parish councils in time for elections to be held on 1 May; and, if so, which ones. [HL1132]

We are currently discussing with the councils concerned and the Electoral Commission which of the eight such outstanding parish cases should be completed in time for elections to the new parish to be held on 1 May 2008. We will confirm shortly with these councils which cases will be dealt with within this timescale.

In seven further cases we have now approved the creation of new parishes and intend to make the orders establishing the parishes in time for elections on 1 May 2008. I will place copies of these orders in the Library of the House.