§ 16. Mr. Bill Walker
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he has any plans to introduce local government structures and responsibilities in Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Brooke
Local government structures and responsibilities already exist in Northern Ireland. The Government would give serious consideration to any workable proposals for more local involvement in the government of Northern Ireland, if they seemed likely to command widespread acceptance. However, in their talks with us, the Northern Ireland parties have indicated their support for the establishment of a form of locally accountable administration for Northern Ireland as a whole.