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Regional Government: Ministers

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Leader of the House (1) what mechanisms are in place for regional Ministers to account to Parliament; (167601)

(2) if she will establish a regular oral question time to allow regional Ministers to be questioned by hon. Members.

All Ministers are accountable to Parliament. The Government are considering how best to take forward the ideas in the Governance of Britain Green Paper for committees to reflect the English regions. The Modernisation Select Committee of the House of Commons announced an inquiry into Regional Accountability on 11 October and the Government expect to submit a memorandum to that Committee.

There are no current plans for a specific question slot to be given to regional Ministers.