HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 c98W
Mr. Moss

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what the estimated(a) administrative and (b) total cost is of best value in England and Wales in the fire service since its introduction. [39623]

Dr. Whitehead

There are a number of different categories of fire authorities in England and Wales. Broadly speaking, these divide into 34 single-purpose authorities and 16 county fire authorities, where the fire service is provided by the county council as one of a range of services. Single-purpose fire authorities are best value authorities in their own right. For county fire authorities the duty of best value applies at county council level. No overall assessment is available of the costs incurred by fire authorities on the best value process. It would not be feasible to apportion costs incurred by county councils in respect of best value for the fire service.

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