Oral Answers to Questions — Urban District Council Chairmen (Title)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1944.

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East 12:00 am, 16th November 1944

asked the Minister of Health if he will consider the advisability, in connection with post-war local government reform, of giving to the chairmen of urban district councils some dignified and historical title, such as reeve, warden, provost, or steward.

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

I should be willing to consider the proposal if there were any widespread desire for a change on the part of the local authorities concerned, and a generally acceptable title could be suggested. I have no evidence that the matter is one which is seriously engaging the attention of urban district councils or their association.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Is my right bon. and learned Friend aware that in the past this has been seriously considered by the local authorities, and will he consult their associations to get their present views?

Photo of Mr Henry Willink Mr Henry Willink , Croydon North

I think that I will wait until I am approached.

Photo of Sir Noel Goldie Sir Noel Goldie , Warrington

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the title "reeve" is the old-fashioned name for a high sheriff?