Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th June 2010.
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what costs his Department incurred in contesting each judicial review of local government reorganisation for (a) Devon, (b) Norfolk and (c) Suffolk.
The current costs incurred by the Department for legal proceedings in relation to local government reorganisation in Devon, Norfolk and Suffolk are set out in the following table:
|Challenge against the Boundary Committee where the Secretary of State has been named as an interested party brought by:||Legal costs to Department (£)|
|Breckland district council and others||62,450|
|East Devon district council||31,820|
|Suffolk Coastal and others||45,875|
|King's Lynn and others||6,833|
In addition, Devon and Norfolk county councils have challenged the decision of the Secretary of State in relation to unitary councils for Exeter and Norwich cities. The High Court has yet to hand down judgment in this challenge and hence the Department's legal costs arising from it are yet to be determined. However, to date the Department has incurred costs of £62,065 on this challenge.
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