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Explanatory Memorandum to Local Government (Boundaries) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006


5.As part of the Review of Public Administration (RPA) in Northern Ireland, an initial consultation on the various models of public administration, including proposals to reduce the number of district councils, was carried out between October 2003 and January 2004. 170 written responses were received from a range of public service users and providers.

6.A further, more detailed consultation was conducted between March and September 2005 to which 1032 responses were received. The consultation put forward various options for the optimum number of councils in Northern Ireland including a 7-council model, an 11-council model and a 15-council model. Of those consultees who expressed a preference for a number or range of councils 62% said 7, 71% preferred 11 or less and 18% expressed a preference for 15.

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