§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what bids for resources he has received from authorities that(a) have been and (b) are to be reorganised on I April 1995, 1996, 1997 or 1998 for estimated reorganisation costs in (i) 1995–96 and (ii) 1996–97; and to what extent these bids have been successful. 
Sir Paul Bereford
[holding answer 14 December 1995]: For authorities for which structural change orders have been made, the bids received and allocations made to date under the local government reorganisation costs schemes for 1995–96 and 1996–97 are as follows:
Authorities reorganised on 1 April 1995 £ 1 April 1996 £ 1 April 1997 £ 1995–96 Scheme Bid 1,910,000 113,913,000 10,706,500 Allocation 1,750,000 47,760,000 0 1996–97 scheme Bid 1,029,000 120,921,000 98,480,700
Authorities initial bids under the 1996–97 reorganisation costs scheme were requested by 1 December. Initial allocations will be made shortly. No orders have been made which provide for reorganisation in 1998.
§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what resources will be available to cover the transitional costs of local government re-organisation in(a)1996–97, (b) 1997–98 and (c) 1998–99. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
[holding answer 14 December 1995]: Resources of £100 million in the form of supplementary credit approvals are available to cover the transitional costs of local government re-organisation in 1996–97. The provision for 1997–98 and 1998–99 will be decided during the public expenditure survey for those years.