§ Mr. Richard Wainwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the progress of the parish review undertaken by the boundary commissioners, together with details of the number of new parish and town councils created so far.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
Of 105 reports received to date by the Local Government Boundary Commission from district councils, 53 are under current consideration by the commission and 52 have been completed. Of these 52 completed cases, seven involved no proposals for change, orders have been made in 18, decisions published in a further 10, and 17 are currently under consideration in my Department. The orders made so far have given effect to numerous minor boundary alterations and created 22 new parishes. I have no information on how many of these have decided to adopt town status.