Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:52 pm on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 8:52 pm, 7th September 2020

I thank the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission for its second report. Professor Colin Mellors was appointed chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England on 1 January. His current term of office began then and comes to an end on 31 December. I think it would be helpful for the House to hear exactly what the Speaker’s Committee said about Professor Mellors:

“Together, the responses gave us a positive impression of the way Professor Mellors had carried out the role. They suggested that he had taken an open and inclusive approach to chairing the Commission, that he had effectively maintained the Commission’s independence, impartiality and credibility, and that he had brought to the role a strong understanding of the local government sector and the wider policy context.”

The Committee

“also heard that Professor Mellors had ensured the Commission’s finances were carefully scrutinised to enable it to deliver value for money.”

We support the Government’s motion endorsing Professor Colin Mellors.