Mayors: Greater Manchester

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Bradley Lord Bradley Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow Spokesperson (Health)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the elected representation in each district council of Greater Manchester after (1) the appointment of a Mayor for Greater Manchester, and (2) the election of a Mayor for Greater Manchester.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

We have no such plans. The Government has no role in the review of elected representation in local authorities. All such matters are the responsibility of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, a body entirely independent of Government and directly responsible to Parliament. The Commission has a statutory duty to keep electoral arrangements in local government, including councillor numbers, under review and it decides how and when any review will take place.

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