§ Mr. Faulds
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what estimate he has made of the cost of local government in the area making up the new Sandwell area ; and how this compares with the costs of local government in the same area in the years 1970, 1971 and 1972.
§ Mr. Graham Page
My right hon. and learned Friend has made no estimates of costs of local government in specific areas. I suggest that the hon. Member seeks information on costs in previous years from the councils of the local authorities concerned—the county boroughs of Warley and West Bromwich.