§ Mr. Chaytor
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what proposals he has to review the Area Cost Adjustment element of the revenue support grant formula. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The work of the Review of the Area Cost Adjustment during 1996 provided an examination of the issues, though not one which the Local Authority Associations wanted implemented for 1997–98 SSAs. The Department has recently commissioned research to examine some of the concerns of local government about the Review's proposals. It will report in July and we shall discuss with local government both the findings and the way forward on the Area Cost Adjustment.