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Metropolitan Counties of England

The metropolitan counties of England are administrative units that cover large urban areas, each with several metropolitan districts. Their county councils were disbanded in 1986, for political rather than practical reasons, with most of the functions allocated to the individual districts. They still exist both as legal administrative counties, are used in government statistics, and are also ceremonial counties. Some functions such as emergency services and public transport are still administered on a metropolitan county wide basis.

The metropolitan counties are:

Notably, legislation still refers to these counties as existing. For example, The North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire (County Boundaries) Order 1991, [1], refers to the county of South Yorkshire in the present tense, and adjusts its bounds.

Greater London is sometimes considered a metropolitan county, although it was defined differently.

Return of the metropolitan counties?

In the case of Greater London, since 2000 and the establishment of the post of the elected Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority Greater London has been restored as a full administrative entity.

Some people have suggested that metropolitan counties such as Greater Manchester and Tyne & Wear, also have elected mayors and assemblies in a similar fashion to London. The government are not giving this issue much thought, and instead pressing ahead with plans to devolve powers to the regions of England.

See also Counties of England, Districts of England, Historical Counties of England.