Following the change of government in 2010, these have been scheduled for abolition by 2012.
who are historically the Crown's representatives in those areas.
Ceremonial counties are often different from the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties used for local government as they include the areas covered by unitary authorities.
They are taken into consideration when drawing up Parliamentary constituency boundaries.
For local government, England is divided into areas with a two-tier structure of counties and districts governed by two local authorities, and unitary authority areas where there is one local authority.