HC Deb 29 November 1922 vol 159 cc698-9
39. Mr. TURTON

asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he is aware of the decision of his predecessor in office to appoint, after the conclusion of the proceedings of the Royal Commission on London Government, a Royal Commission to consider the questions of the extension of boroughs and the creation of new county boroughs; whether the pledge given by his predecessor to the effect that, pending the issue of the Report of the last-mentioned Royal Commission and consideration of its recommendations by Parliament, no proposals for the extension of boroughs and the creation of new county boroughs would be entertained by the Ministry; and what steps, if any, he proposes to take to give effect to that decision and to ensure the efficacy of that pledge?


My right hon. Friend proposes to give effect to the decision announced by his predecessor in regard to this matter, and he hopes that the proposed Royal Commission will shortly be appointed.


Have any steps been taken with regard to the composition of the Royal Commission?


I am afraid that is a question to which I cannot give an adequate reply, but I will ask my right hon. Friend.

Lieut.-Colonel WATTS-MORGAN

It will not be composed entirely of experts, I suppose?


I do not know quite what my hon. and gallant Friend means by "experts." My righs hon. Friend is considering the composition of the Commission.