Local Government Reorganisation

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17 November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Gregor Mackenzie Mr Gregor Mackenzie , Rutherglen 12:00, 17 November 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, when the working party appointed to consider the reorganisation of local government will report; and if he will publish its findings.

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

The working party of officials has prepared a summary of its work since its first report was published, which is being circulated to the elected members of local authorities who form the steering committee. The summary is not in a form suitable for publication.

Photo of Mr Gregor Mackenzie Mr Gregor Mackenzie , Rutherglen

Perhaps the summary might be submitted to Members of this House who might wish to offer an opinion about it?

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

I accept that, but I am afraid that the report is inconclusive. It contains no formal recommendations as such. Once my right hon. Friend has consulted the local authorities, he wishes to proceed from that to see what should be done to take a wide consensus of opinion.