§ 35. Mr. Pickthall
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are his latest plans for changes to the area cost adjustment. 
§ Mr. Curry
We have commissioned research which may enable us to take a fresh look at the boundaries of the zones used in the calculation of the area cost adjustment. The findings of this research will be discussed with the local authority associations in the summer.
The local authority associations may put forward other possible methodology changes for discussion.