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Regional Government

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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11.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his referendum proposals for regional government in the North West. [119759]

My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister announced on Monday 16 June that the level of interest in the North West region is sufficient to warrant a referendum about whether to establish an elected regional assembly. My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister directed the Boundary Committee for England to undertake a local government review in the region as a precursor to a referendum.