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BOUNDARIES TAKE SECOND PLACE

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The extension of the local government review could delay boundary and electoral reviews by the Local Government Com...
The extension of the local government review could delay boundary and electoral reviews by the Local Government Commission until next year.

'The commission is aiming to start its periodic electoral reviews in the autumn, but it is dependent on what other electoral work we are directed to undertake,' a spokesperson said.

Environment secretary John Gummer told the Tory local government conference this month he wanted the re-reviews processed as quickly as is legally allowed. The commission is waiting for his revised guidance on the conduct of the re-reviews so it can estimate its workload. The commission spoke-sperson said all other work would have to wait until the end of this year or the beginning of 1996, as all 30 of the commission's staff would still be embroiled in the review.

The commission had hoped to work on two metropolitan reviews this year, and continue with the rest of the metropolitan areas next year.

The spokesperson said it had been working on electoral and boundary reviews as part of its review of shire England. It intends to publish a paper some time after the May local elections which will give an indication of the timetable for reviews.

The commission took over the functions of the Boundary Commission when it started work in summer 1992. Boundary reviews concern the administrative limits of a local authority, while electoral reviews concern ward boundaries and the number of council members within them.

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