Tuesday's Guardian newspaper said Mr Gummer had decided to order the Local Government Commission to reconsider their recommendations for the three counties.
But the report was described by the DoE as 'preposterous' and 'completely unfounded speculation'.
In the past the government has asked the commission to reconsider recommendations when a majority of districts in the county have opposed them. These majorities are now far from certain in many of the areas where the commission has recommended no change.
For table of reponses to NOP county surveys, see LGCNet, 9 November.