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Local Government: Future Unitary Structures

Volume 706: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between those responsible for preparing reports on financial cases to become unitary authorities and those bidding to undertake research on them. [HL10]

The department has commissioned a research study of unitary and pathfinder authorities following a competitive tender, which required bidders to account for any potential conflicts of interest. The department is satisfied that those commissioned to undertake the research—a consortium of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Office for Public Management, and Cardiff Business School—have effective arrangements in place to ensure that no conflicts of interest will arise.