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WELSH COUNCIL REFORM DELAYED FOR A YEAR

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Local government reform in Wales will be delayed for a year because of pressures on parliamentary legislation, the ...
Local government reform in Wales will be delayed for a year because of pressures on parliamentary legislation, the Financial Times reports (p9).

Although the Bill will be introduced into the Lords next week it is unlikely to be debated in the Commons until next February.

The Bill to reform local authorities in Wales and Scotland was set to become law in the spring, to be followed by shadow elections in Wales in June; the revised timetable now leaves too little time for campaigning.

Officials now expect polls to take place in 1995 with officers taking up posts in 1996.

The move will embarrass Welsh secretary, John Redwood, says the paper, who was prevented from making a statement in the Commons last night at the end of the three day debate on the Queen's Speech by Liberal Democrat MPs who used up time on a technical vote.

Also in the Commons debate on Local government last night, George Robertson, Shadow Scottish secretary, accused the government of 'gerrymandering' in the manner it had drawn up boundaries for new authorities in Scotland.

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