Local Government: Future Unitary Structures

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th December 2008.

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Photo of Lord Wade of Chorlton Lord Wade of Chorlton Conservative

HL10">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.

Photo of Baroness Andrews Baroness Andrews Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

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.

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