Regional Government

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent by the Department on (a) research and (b) preparation for regional referendums on devolved government.

Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Local and Regional Government)

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has not spent any money on research on regional referendums. Some staff time has been spent on developing policy and preparing Statutory Instruments related to the referendums.

The cost of designing, printing and disseminating the results of the soundings exercise, that established which regions had an interest in holding a referendum, was £2,500 plus some staff costs. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will spend £500,000 in this financial year, on an information campaign about elected regional assemblies in the three northern regions.

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