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Regional Planning and Development: Finance

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been spent on implementing the Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration (a) in total and (b) for (i) staffing costs, (ii) administrative costs, (iii) communication costs and (iv) the costs of public consultation. (210617)

Given the wide-ranging nature of the proposals contained in the review, much of the information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The consultation document ‘Prosperous Places: Taking Forward the Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration’ includes an impact assessment of the potential cost of the proposed local authority economic assessment duty, and further assessments will be carried out of the impact of the legislation the Government intend to bring forward.

The costs of public consultation incurred to date have been:

£

Web publication of SNR issues paper December 2007

7,000

Web publication of Prosperous Places March 2008

12,000

Eight regional consultation events May 2008

40,000

Analysis of responses to Prosperous Places so far

39,000

Total

98,000

These costs have been shared between this Department and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.