§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Local Government and Regional Planning when he expects to publish the White Paper on Local Government Reorganisation; and what representations he has so far received on the subject, both for and against.
§ Mr. Crosland
I expect the White Paper to be laid before Parliament within a month. Over 2,000 comments have been received on the Redcliffe-Maud report. A variety of views has been expressed, but there is wide acceptance of the need for far-reaching change in the structure of local government.