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In a written Parliamentary Answer to a question from Michael Bates MP (Langbaurgh), Mr Gummer told the House of Com...
In a written Parliamentary Answer to a question from Michael Bates MP (Langbaurgh), Mr Gummer told the House of Commons:

'I have today written to Sir John Banham, chairman of the Local Government Commission, giving my decisions on the Commission's recommendations for Cleveland as set out in its report, `Final recommendations on the future local government of Cleveland and Durham'.

'After considering the commission's recommendations and the representations made, I have concluded that effective and convenient local government in Cleveland would be achieved by abolishing Cleveland County Council and establishing four unitary authorities for the area (commission recommendation 1), and that this would reflect the identities and interests of local people.

'I have accepted in principle that the County of Cleveland should be abolished, but I shall defer a final decision until I have reached decisions on the Commission's forthcoming recommendations for Durham and North Yorkshire. The remaining recommendations for Cleveland have been accepted as submitted, except that I am still considering the proposal that I direct the Commission to undertake a further parish review.

'In agreeing with the establishment of unitary authorities based on existing districts, I have given careful consideration to representations which I received about the implications for those services and functions currently performed on a wider basis. My decision is based on a presumption that the authorities which are to become unitary will work together to plan for these services and functions, and will forge working links with other bodies such as health authorities. - see full text II, on LGC Net.
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