HC Deb 14 December 1933 vol 284 cc529-30
43. Mr. McKEAG

asked the Minister of Health whether he can state how long the inquiry into the proposed re-arrangement of districts in Durham County is expected to last; what the cost of this inquiry is estimated to amount to; and by whom such cost will be borne?


The inspector has allotted 17 days for the inquiry into the county council's proposals, which are far-reaching, but I am not able to say whether the inquiry will take less or more time, nor can I say what is likely to be the total cost of it. The Ministry's costs in connection with it, which will be relatively small, will be borne by the county council; the other costs will be borne by the several authorities which incur them.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the sum of £100,000 has been mentioned as the likely total cost of this inquiry, and will he, in view of the large amount that will in any case be involved, consider the advisability of making some direct representations to those concerned with a view to keeping the costs down to a minimum?


I have not heard any such estimate. The reduction of the costs to a minimum is a point to be borne in mind.


Who will receive the costs? Is it not the lawyers?