§ 25. Valerie Davey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the impact of best value on the provision of local services to the public. 
§ Ms Armstrong
An interim evaluation of the 40 best value pilot authorities, carried out by Warwick Business School, was published on 22 November. All the authorities found the best value framework more challenging than they had expected. After only 12 months work there have been real examples of improved services and cost savings, and real engagement with local people.