Mr Lang said the Welsh Secretary had been listening to representations about unitary authorities in Wales and decided to make some changes. He has decided to make some changes including the transfer of Ystradgynlais and Llanelly Hill to mid Wales, the creation of a larger Flintshire by transferring the communities in the north-east from Denbighshire, the transfer of Cynwyd and Llandrillo from Meirionydd to Denbighshire and a modest adjustment to the Bridgend-vale border. My Right Hon Friend (Mr Redwood) will comment further on those changes later in the debate. He also accepts the recommendation of the Council of Welsh Districts to have about 1,250 rather than 1,100 councillors elected on district ward boundaries.'
Mr Lang continued to say that Mr Redwood had also decided 'to make a number of changes to the names of authorities. Important among those is the renaming of the proposed Glamorgan valleys authority to Rhondda-Cynon-Taff. That will ensure that those historic names are not lost from local government in Wales.'
Replying for the Opposition Welsh spokesman Ron Davies said none of the changes will address the real grievance that is felt all over Wales about the fact that the proposals do not meet the objectives of reorganisation.
The debate ended with Mr Redwood saying it was a great pity that he had been interrupted. 'I will give the House the news that it wanted as I see that my time is now up. I will propose that we delay implementation by one year in order to give sufficient parliamentary time so that all good debate can be had -.' At this point Mr Redwood had to stop as it was 10pm and the debate had run out of time.
Before this in a few brief comments Mr Redwood had said that he wished to establish a structure of local government in Wales that, as far as possible, is based on the traditional areas with which people identify. He added that in the old counties of Dyfed and Newport, for example, precise boundaries seem to be no longer an issue.