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SIR JOHN BANHAM TO CONTINUE WITH COMMISSION

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Sir John Banham has said he will continue as chairman of the Local Government Commission until his contract expires...
Sir John Banham has said he will continue as chairman of the Local Government Commission until his contract expires in June 1996.

There has been speculation that he would resign once work advising the government on reorganisation finishes in January.

'I intend to stay on,' he told LGC. 'No doubt some things will need to be looked at again, and someone will have to monitor the performance of these authorities.'

Because of Sir John's scepticism about unitaries, his decision to stay will make it even harder for ministers to abolish counties. The contracts of most commissioners, except for Sir Kenneth Couzens and Christopher Chope, will end next June.

At the Association of County Councils conference, Sir John said 'probably well over 20' counties would be unscathed by the review. 'Don't go to the courts, it will just make my day. Look at the evidence and go to the minister and say there is not enough support.'
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