Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (59)

Willie Penrose

Question:

48 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. [7149/04]

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

I have appointed Indecon International Economic Consultants in association with the Institute of Local Government Studies to carry out the review of local government funding, at a contract price of €291,100. 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 up to one year to complete.