§ Mr. Bermingham
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the additional cost of funding the new responsibilities that have been passed to (a) Middlesex, (b) north-east London, (c) south-east London, (d) south-west London, (e) the west midlands, (f) Merseyside, (g) Greater Manchester, (h) south 247W Yorkshire, (i) west Yorkshire and (j) Northumbria probation services following the abolition of the Greater London council and the six metropolitan counties.
§ Mr. Mellor
No new responsibilities have been passed to the probation committees in outer London and the metropolitan counties following the abolition of the Greater London council and the metropolitan county councils. The duty to defray the expenses of those committees now rest with the outer London borough councils and the metropolitan district councils.
The hon. Member may have in mind the need to make new arrangements for the provision of support services previously provided by the authorities which have been abolished. Any changes in the costs of support services after abolition cannot be measured, because the full cost of such services to those authorities is not known.