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SHIRE COUNTIES LIKELY TO BE RESTORED

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Sir John Banham's Local Government Commission seems increasingly likely to restore English councils to the system a...
Sir John Banham's Local Government Commission seems increasingly likely to restore English councils to the system as it was before 1974, when local maps were last redrawn, the Financial Times reported (16 July, p9).

With proposals for 33 of the 36 English shire counties published, county councils are likely to survive - although in some cases without their largest towns - across the country.

Ministers are startled by the prospect of the effective restoration of the old county boroughs, swept away in 1974, the paper reported.
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