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East of England Plan

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what date she gave responsibility for the East of England Plan to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley. (124282)

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for decisions taken under Planning Acts. The Regional Assembly for the East of England published the draft East of England Plan on 8 December 2004 which was subject to an independent Examination in Public from 1 November 2005 until the 3 March 2006. The Examination in Public report was published on 22 June 2006.

Procedures and arrangements for the Ministerial phase of decisions on this round of RSSs were considered and set out in October, in advance of the first decisions needing to be taken, with the responsibility for decisions on the East of England Plan being delegated to me. The first decisions on the East of England Plan were taken by me in November.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to which Minister the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley reports on matters concerning housing and planning in the East of England region. (124863)

I am the Minister responsible for planning case work and the Regional Spatial Strategy in the East of England region, acting on behalf of the Secretary of State.