The anticipated costs and benefits of smoke-free legislation is set out in the Departments final Regulatory Impact Assessment published in December 2006. Copies are available in the Library.
I refer the hon. member to the answer given on 5 March 2007, Official Report, column 1698W for details on funding for local authorities.
The Government provide funding for local authorities’ new responsibilities to build compliance and, where necessary, enforce smoke-free legislation under the principles of the New Burdens Doctrine by way of a non-ringfenced grant. The grant has been made in line with the Government’s commitment to provide freedom for local authorities in the allocation of their budgets.