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High cost of devolution.

Supporters of the Regional Assembly continually make the point that we have no voice in Parliament.

The North East is represented in Parliament by a large number of Labour MPs, including the Prime Minister, several MPs who were previously Cabinet Ministers, and we therefore have a substantial voice in Westminster.

If this voice is not being heard then surely the criticism should be of the representatives, not to set up a separate body with all the ongoing costs which supporters of the Assembly will not disclose at the moment.

However, the article by Bill Jamieson on the costs of the Scottish Parliament make interesting reading. One wonders what would have been the reaction of Scottish voters for devolution if they had known what costs they were going to be involved and the resulting bureaucracy.

J HENDERSON, Ashleigh Grove, Tynemouth.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2003
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