- Administrative county
Infobox subdivision type
name= Administrative county
England and Walesand Ireland
start_date= flagicon|England flagicon|Wales 1889
start_date2= flagicon|Ireland 1899
Local Government Act 1888
Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898
Local Government (Boundaries) Act (Northern Ireland) 1971
Local Government Act 1972
Local Government Act 2001
end_date= flagicon|Northern Ireland 1973
end_date1= flagicon|England flagicon|Wales 1974
end_date3= flagicon|Ireland 2002
government= County council
subdivision4= An administrative county was an
administrative divisionin England and Walesand Irelandused for the purposes of local government. They are now abolished, although in Northern Irelandtheir former areas are used as the basis for lieutenancy.
England and Wales
The term was introduced for
England and Walesby the Local Government Act 1888, which created county councils for various areas, and called them 'administrative counties' to distinguish them from the continuing statutory counties.
England and Walesthe legislation was repealed in 1974, and entities called 'metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties' in England and 'counties' in Wales were introduced in their place. Though strictly inaccurate, these are often called 'administrative counties' to distinguish them from both the historic counties, and the ceremonial counties.
Scotlandthey were never established as separate entities as they were in England and WalesFact|date=April 2008. For local government purposes Scottish counties were replaced in 1975 with a system of regions and island council areas.
Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898created administrative counties in Ireland on the same model that had been used in England and Wales.
Northern Irelandthe administrative counties were replaced by a system of 26 districts on 1 October 1973. Section 131 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972stated that "every county and every county borough shall cease to be an administrative area for local government purposes". [Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972, (1972 C.9)]
The areas of the former administrative counties (and county boroughs) remain in use for Lieutenancy purposes, being defined as the areas used "for local government purposes immediately before 1st October 1973, subject to any subsequent definition of their boundaries...". [The Northern Ireland (Lieutenancy) Order 1975 (S.I. 1975 No.156)]
Republic of Irelandthe legislation that created them remained in force until the Local Government Act 2001was passed, which renamed them 'counties'.
The administrative counties that did not share the names of previous counties:
Ross and Cromarty( Ross-shireand Cromartyshire)
Republic of Ireland
South Tipperaryand North Tipperary( County Tipperary)
and, created in 1994 -
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin( County Dublin)
List of articles about local government in the United Kingdom
* [http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk/ The Boundary Committee for England]
* [http://www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk/ The Boundary Committee for Scotland]
* [http://www.bcomm-wales.gov.uk/ The Boundary Committee for Wales]
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