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Devolution: Referendums

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost to the public purse was of the most recent referendum on devolution in Wales. (316967)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) highest and (b) lowest likely cost to the public purse of a referendum in Wales on the extension of powers under the Government of Wales Act 2006; (317312)

(2) by what mechanism public funding in respect of any referendum held in Wales on the extension of powers under the Government of Wales Act 2006 would be (a) provided and (b) allocated.

My officials are currently considering the potential costs of a referendum, and the mechanisms involved, for discussion with other key stakeholders.