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LAST REVIEW AREAS WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED IN 1997: GUMMER

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The government has reluctantly concluded that implementation of reorganisation in the remaining areas for which it ...
The government has reluctantly concluded that implementation of reorganisation in the remaining areas for which it has not already laid orders cannot take place in 1997, environment secretary John Gummer has told the Commons this afternoon.

'I intend to make a further announcement setting out our decisions on the recommendations in the Local Government Commission's final report, and the timing of the remaining orders, as soon as possible.'

Mr Gummer said the DoE envisages staging the implementation of reorganisation in England to take account of the resources available.

'We also needed to allow time to receive and consider representations on the commission's final report which was submitted on 19 December; and, where we accept recommendations for change, to consult on draft orders.'
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