§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what was the cost of the Report on the Dee Estuary Scheme Phase Ha by Binnie and Partners; how much was borne by the local authorities and the Government, respectively; what were the criteria by which Binnie and Partners was selected to make its report; and what was the length of time taken between commissioning and publishing the report.
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
The estimated cost of the Phase IIa studies is £390,000; 25 per cent. will be borne jointly by the Flintshire and Cheshire County Councils and the Dee and Clwyd River Authority and 75 per cent. by central Government; the studies were a continuation from Phase I—the feasibility study—for which Messrs. Binnie and Partners was appointed in 1966, following interviews with consultants having relevant experience in this field of research; work on Phase Ha has taken a little over three years to publication of the Report.