HL Deb 08 September 2003 vol 652 cc48-9WA
Lord Fearn

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the estimated costs of establishing three regional assemblies in England. [HL4057]

The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker)

The costs of establishing elected assemblies will vary from region to region, mainly because of the different sizes of their electorates. But we expect these to be around £30 million for each region. This estimate includes all costs necessary to establish an assembly, including the cost of local government reviews, referendums and the first elections.

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