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Boundary Committee role in regional assemblies announced

14th November 2003

Boundary Committee role in regional assemblies announced

14th November 2002

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The Boundary Committee for England's role in the creation of elected regional assemblies in England are set out in The Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill introduced in Parliament today.

In the event of a referendum on regional assemblies, The Boundary Committee will be directed to undertake a review of what structural changes are most appropriate for regions currently governed by a two-tier system - county councils and district councils - with a view to proposing recommendations for a wholly unitary pattern.

The Committee's recommendations, subject to any modifications by Government, will serve to inform local electors in any referendum about the local government structure, areas and boundaries that will be put in place should a regional assembly be established.

In conducting its work the Committee will be given policy and procedural guidance by the Government about the matters to be taken into account.

The local government reviews in the regions will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1992, as amended by the Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill.  The reviews will involve extensive local consultation with the local authorities concerned, public and private sector bodies in the regions and with local residents.

For further information contact:

Gemma Crosland on 020 7271 0527 or Andrew Nye on 020 7271 0531

Fax: 020 7271 0528, Email: [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  1. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of the Electoral Commission.  The Committee was established on 1 April 2002 with the transfer to the Electoral Commission of the functions and staff of the Local Government Commission for England, under the provisions of the Local Government Commission for England (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001 (SI 2001 No 3962).
  1. Elected regional assemblies in England were discussed in the Government's white paper Your Region, Your Choice: Revitalising the English Regions.
  1. The Local Government Commission undertook a programme of local authority structural reviews throughout England during 1992-96.  Following the reviews 46 new unitary authorities were created.
  1. The Boundary Committee is chaired by Pamela Gordon, who is a member of The Electoral Commission. Other members of the Boundary Committee are Professor Michael Clarke CBE, Robin Gray, Joan Jones, Anne Kelly and Professor Colin Mellors.