Norfolk Rural Districts (Revision).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 13th June 1934.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Cook Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Cook , Norfolk Northern


asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the proposed revision of boundaries within the county of Norfolk, if put into effect, will result in the extinction of the rural district council of Aylsham, and that in this event representatives will have difficulty in performing their administrative duties by attending meeting in new places; and will he discuss the matter further with the authority concerned?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare , Norwich

The County Council of Norfolk, after reviewing the county districts, put forward to my right hon. Friend proposals which included the abolition of the Aylsham rural district and the division of the area between the adjoining rural districts. It was part of their scheme for reducing the number of rural districts in the county. A public inquiry into the county council's proposals was held by one of the inspectors of my Department, and the proposal affecting the Aylsham rural district was fully investigated. After considering the inspector's report and the representations that were made, my right hon. Friend decided to approve the county council's proposal. The decision was issued on the 31st ultimo. He can assure my hon. Friend that all the circumstances were fully considered.