Clause 17 - Commission for Rural Communities

Part of Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 23rd June 2005.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw 9:15 am, 23rd June 2005

I was dwelling on the hon. Gentleman’s concept of the voice of the people, because the voice of the people in my rural   constituency was hostile to my Government’s ridiculous ideas for regional government and more politicians. It was equally hostile to the concept that the people should have three councils governing them—a parish council, district council and county council. In his valiant call for the voice of the people to be heard, does he think that rural communities would benefit from getting rid of one of those tiers? Perhaps we should get rid of the district council and have some unitary authorities.