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MINISTER TO HELP REVISE PARISH BILL

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A Bill to grant urban communities the same rights to set up parish councils as their rural counterparts could win c...
A Bill to grant urban communities the same rights to set up parish councils as their rural counterparts could win crucial government support - if it is redrafted.

Environment minister Earl Ferrers said the government liked the idea of new parishes but expressed major reservations with measures contained in Lord Sandys' Community Representation Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Lords last week.

The minister said: 'The Bill as presently drafted excludes the secretary of state in a way that would be undesirable and would enable parishes to follow their own momentum.'

Lord Sandys' proposals would require at least 10% of the electors of a proposed parish to present a petition to the Local Government Commission.
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