Local Government Reorganisation

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1994.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson , Delyn 12:00 am, 28th November 1994

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the latest estimate of the cost of the reorganisation of local government in Wales.

Photo of Mr Gwilym Jones Mr Gwilym Jones , Cardiff North

The local authority associations have asked my right hon. Friend to make a provision of £49.5 million in 1995–96 and he will announce his decision very shortly.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson , Delyn

Does the Minister think it fair that charge payers in Clwyd and, indeed, other counties in Wales, should have to bear the burden of local government reorganisation when counties in England, such as Cheshire and Shropshire which border my county, will retain two-tier government? Is it not a scandal that £49 million has had to be requested to cover the cost of reorganisation? Will he make strenuous demands on the Treasury to ensure that additional funding is given to local authorities to meet the cost of a reorganisation which is not happening in England?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Jones Mr Gwilym Jones , Cardiff North

The hon. Gentleman's hypothesis anticipates the result that he has not yet heard. I suggest that he should remain patient.