§ Mr. Elystan Morgan
asked the Secretary of State for Wales for what purposes the designation of the present counties of Wales will be used after the new local government authorities come into operation in 1974.
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
The Local Government Act 1972 provides that on 1st April 1974 the administrative counties of Wales and their councils will cease to exist. This need not, however, affect the continued use of the names of the existing geographic counties in many contexts where they may currently be employed e.g. in connection with sport or cultural activities.