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House of Commons Hansard
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Regional Government: South West
26 November 2009
Volume 501

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To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department provided to the South West Regional Assembly in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; how much funding he expects to provide to the South West Councils/South West Strategic Leaders Board in 2009-10; and what estimate he has made of the reduction in his Department’s expenditure in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) in subsequent years following the abolition of the South West Regional Assembly. [301893]

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The Department has provided the following funding:

Body funded

Amount (£)

2007-08

South West Regional Assembly

2,469,811

2008-09

South West Regional Assembly

2,300,164

2009-10

South West Strategic Leaders’ Board

2,070,148

In 2009-10 the saving to my Department will be in the order of £230,016.

In 2010-11 the South West Strategic Leaders’ Board will undertake functions connected with the production of regional strategies under part 5 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. For this work the amount to be allocated will be subject to receipt of a business plan. In subsequent years funding for this work will be subject to the outcome of the next comprehensive spending review.