John Bradley made this Freedom of Information request to Sefton Borough Council

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Dear Sefton Borough Council,

Can you identify for me the Flag of Merseyside Metropolitan County.

Yours faithfully,

John Bradley

Information, Sefton Borough Council

Dear Mr Bradley,

Regretfully the Council does not hold this information and this message should be treated as a refusal under the Act.

However I checked and Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merseyside_... does explain that the old metropolitan counties are sometimes referred to as "former metropolitan counties",[23][24] although this description is not entirely correct. The county councils were abolished, but under the Local Government Act 1972, the counties themselves remain in existence,[25][26] although they no longer exist in ISO 3166-2:GB as extant administrative subdivisions.

By virtue of the Lieutenancies Act 1997 they remain as ceremonial counties (sometimes called 'geographic counties') which have an appointed Lord-Lieutenant. They are also used in certain government statistics, although they no longer appear on Ordnance Survey maps, which show the individual metropolitan boroughs.

Out of interest I therefore contacted the Clerk of the Merseyside Lieutenancy, PO Box 144, RSA, The Capital Building, New Hall Place, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EN
Tel: 0151 224 4072
Fax: 0151 224 4611
E-mail: [email address]

He confirmed that the old MCC did have a Crest (see the Wikipedia article), but this can no longer be used. He also confirmed that he had worked for the old MCC but had no knowledge of any flag being used, either then or now.

I hope that this information is of help.

Data Protection and Information Security Officer.
Sefton MBC
ICT Client Department.
Floor 4|Magdalene House|Trinity Road|Bootle|Merseyside|L20 3NJ
Tel: 0151 934 4416

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Dear Information,

It was actually in an attempt to sort some of the contradictions on the Wikipedia site that I put in the request.

Previously the flag given here http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Catego... was claimed to be the flag. However no record of it's original can be found. However it is the detail on the shield in the coat of arms. If there is no official flag I suggest this would be a good starting place.

Thank you for your help. I have written to the Lord Lieutenant and suggested the adoption of the flag.

Yours sincerely,

John Bradley

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