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The LGBCE 1973 - 1992


The Local Government Commission for England was formally established by the Local Government Act 1972 (the 1972 Act) in November 1972, although it operated as a Commission-designate from November the previous year.

As a Commission-designate, the Commission's first task was to recommend a pattern of districts by November 1972 to allow the newly-elected authorities to come into existence on 1 April 1974, the date specified by the 1972 Act for the wholesale reorganisation of local government in England outside Greater London. In its Report No 1, the Commission recommended the creation of 296 two-tier districts should be created, some 15% of the existing number of urban and rural districts. Unlike its successors, the Commission had no functions in relation to the structure of local government.

Thereafter, the Commission's work focused on initial electoral reviews of the newly established two-tier districts, reviews of the boundaries between local authority areas (principal area boundary reviews) and parish reviews. In all, over its 21 years of work, the Commission published over 680 sets of final recommendation and general reports.

In 1990, thinking in Government, and political parties generally, turned to the need for a further examination of the structure of local government in England. It was concluded that such an examination should be undertaken by a new body "the Local Government Commission for England" and not the Local Government Boundary Commission. The Commission was wound up in October 1992, and its functions transferred to the Local Government Commission.

The links below provide copies of the reviews carried out by the LGBCE: