HC Deb 18 May 1994 vol 243 cc509-10W
Mr. Spearing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many people served on(a) rural, (b) urban, (c) borough and (d) metropolitan county boroughs and county councils in 1964; and how many currently serve on (i) district, (ii) London borough, (iii) county and (iv) other councils.

Mr. Baldry

In 1964 the numbers of councillors in England and Wales were:

Rural districts 14,633
Urban districts 9,368
County boroughs 5,056
Metropolitan boroughs 1,738
Municipal boroughs 8,445
Counties 5,346
Parish councils (England only) 57,000
1 Separate figures for England and Wales are not available.

In 1994 the numbers of councillors in England are:

District councils 13,459
London boroughs 1,914
County councils 2,998
Metropolitan districts 2,481
Parish councils 71,600

In 1994 the numbers of councillors in Wales are:

County councils 502
District councils 1,475

Figures are not available for councillors serving on community and town councils in Wales.