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Unitary Councils

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much she has budgeted for the cost of assessment of unitary authority bids going to independent audit (a) per bid and (b) in total. (127513)

The assessment of proposals against the criteria are decisions for Ministers, having regard to all the relevant information available to them. This information will include for proposals that proceed to stakeholder consultation, the results of the limited assurance to the baseline financial data that will be carried out by the Audit Commission and for which the Commission will charge the authorities concerned.