Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (48)

Willie Penrose

Question:

170 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if consultants have been appointed to undertake the promised independent review of local government funding; the consultants appointed; the value of the contract awarded; the terms of reference of the review; when it is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2876/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I intend to appoint consultants shortly to carry out this review and the value of the contract will then be determined on the basis of the relevant tender. The terms of reference of the review are set out in the request for proposals document which has been placed in the Oireachtas Library. I anticipate that the review will take nine to 12 months to complete.