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Regional Assemblies: Finance

Volume 464: debated on Monday 8 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how long the regional assemblies outside London will receive central Government grant. (153902)

The review of sub-national economic development and regeneration, published on 17 July 2007, made clear reformed regional development agencies will in due course assume responsibility for a single integrated regional strategy. The timing of this is dependent on the necessary legislation.

In the meantime, regional assemblies will continue to receive central Government grant to enable them to carry out their responsibilities as regional planning bodies, to exercise regional housing board functions and to scrutinise RDAs’ regional economic strategies.