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Eco-towns: Finance

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 14 May 2009, Official Report, columns 996-97W, on eco-towns, how much his Department plans to spend on stage 2 of the Financial Viability Study of the eco-towns programme; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Our external advisers will shortly be completing stage 2 of their work to support the assessment of the economic viability of the shortlisted eco-town locations. Given that this work has not been completed it would not be appropriate to provide a total cost at this stage.

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