§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate his Department has made of the total cost to date of all stages of the local government review process for(a) his Department (b) local councils in England.
§ Mr. Raynsford
The cost of the Local Government Commission, which undertook the structural review of Local Government between 1992 and 1997, was £21.261 million. Under the Local Government Re-organisation Costs Scheme the most recently available bids for transitional costs submitted by all reorganising authorities in respect of expenditure incurred between 1994–95 and 1997–98 total £439.152 million.