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Regional Development Agencies

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers local authorities will have in relation to the integrated regional strategies of regional development agencies. (171514)

The review of sub-national economic development and regeneration published on 17 July makes it clear that regional development agencies will be expected to work closely with local authorities and other partners to develop single regional strategies.

The Government will be consulting on the detailed implementation of regional strategies early in 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the (a) composition of the boards and (b) procedures used to select board members for regional development agencies will be amended following the transfer of responsibilities for regional housing and planning from regional assemblies. (171643)

I have been asked to reply.

RDA boards will remain business-led bodies. The expanded responsibilities of the RDAs as they assume their new role as the regional planning body, subject to parliamentary approval, will mean that the board will need to have a broader skills-set than at present. This will be reflected in specifications for appointments which are put out for consultation. RDA board appointments will continue to be made in accordance with the code on public appointments.