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I thank the Minister for his statement, but I found it to be rather disappointing, particularly its financial projections. Would the Minister not agree that savings of £17 million per annum fall far short of previous projected savings that would be made from the reform of local government?
The decision to set up councils in 2011 and increase powers until 2015 sounds a bit like Prior’s rolling devolution, which never rolled. Can the Minister give a timetable for the transfer of powers up to 2015?