Aldermanic System

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether, in view of the unsatisfactory nature of the aldermanic system, he will introduce legislation to bring it to an end.

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

There are arguments for and against the aldermanic system, but more against in my own personal view. The subject is one that the Maud Committee on People in Local Government are looking into, and it is undoubtedly one for the Royal Commission.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Must this not be the most indecisive Government in human history? Is not every issue, however trivial, shifted off to somebody else's responsibility?

Photo of Mr Richard Crossman Mr Richard Crossman , Coventry East

The hon. Member should recall that the decision to study the aldermanic system was taken by my predecessor, who set up the Maud Committee over two years ago.