Examination of Witnesses (Questions 120-122)|
MONDAY 8 JULY 2002
120. There is no need for the Bill to be through
quickly, is there, if it got into the next session of Parliament
that is good enough.
(Mr Soare) I think if you are looking at planning
horizons, 2004 may sound a long way away but I think in a planning
horizon it is actually not that far away. For local authorities
budgeting on a three year cycle they are already into that. That
is why we feel some certainty about moving to that system would
be very important.
(Mrs Wellen) If it is to be implemented from 1 April
the budgets will be set and will be looked at in the summer so
really realistically it needs to be in by June or July in order
to be implemented for the following April because of the way that
budget cycles work.
121. You would be perfectly happy if the legislation
received Royal Assent in the summer next year?
(Mrs Wellen) It will need secondary legislation as
well which would need to be in place by then. It will need primary
and secondary legislation.
122. You do not see any problem in including
extra bits in the Bill if it slows its progress down?
(Mrs Wellen) If it slowed its progress down so that
primary and secondary legislation is not in place by the summer
of 2003 then I think it becomes very, very difficult for local
authorities to set their budgets for the new system to come in.
Chairman: Your timetable is to be completed
by the summer of 2003. Thank you very much for your evidence.
Can we have the next set of witnesses please.