To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing an elected regional assembly in the North West. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
Costs will vary from region to region, mainly because of the different sizes of their electorates. But we expect them all to fall in a range around £15–30m a region. This estimate includes all costs necessary to establish an assembly, including the cost of a referendum and of the first elections to an assembly.