§ Mr. Ernie Ross
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what resources he will make available to authorities that were reorganised on 1 April 1998 for reorganisation costs incurred by them in 2000–01; and if he will make a statement.
§ Ms Armstrong
On 8 October I invited authorities which were eligible to participate in the Local Government Reorganisation Cost Scheme for 2000–01 which reorganised on 1 April 1998, to submit estimates 345W of the amount of expenditure they expect to incur on transition costs of reorganisation in 2000–01. On the basis, inter alia, of the information provided by the authorities, I have decided the maximum amounts that it would be appropriate to allocate towards such costs.
The amounts are as follows:
£000 Authority Maximum amounts 2000–01 West Berkshire Council 543 Reading Borough Council 1,978 Slough Borough Council 701 Wokingham District Council 3,287 County of Herefordshire District Council 1,540 Worcestershire county Council 2,978 Plymouth City Council 2,376 Torbay Borough Council 2,215 Thurrock Borough Council 3,318 Nottingham City Council 1,900 Halton Borough Council 3,770 Telford and Wrekin Dist Borough Council 726 Medway Borough Council 1,650 Peterborough City Council 475 Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council 804 Blackpool Borough Council 760 Total 29,021