§ Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many parish councils have been formed in urban areas since his Department's circular 121/77; and if he will list them, by local authority area, together with their dates of creation.
§ Mr. Portillo
[holding answer 22 May 1990]: I regret that there are no accurate statistics of the numbers of parish councils. Even if the term "urban areas" were to be 266W defined it would not be possible to obtain the information sought without substantive research at disproportionate cost.