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Regional Planning and Development: Public Bodies

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) executive agencies and (c) non-ministerial departments have responsibility for regional strategy and funding. (188910)

Regional Development Agencies, which have a budget of over £2.2 billion in 2007-08, are the lead strategic non-departmental public body in each region. They are sponsored by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

My Department published details of the public bodies it sponsored as at 31 March 2007 in its report, The Department for Communities and Local Government's Public Bodies 2007, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. Of these bodies, English Partnerships, The Housing Corporation and The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation have particular responsibility for contributing to regional strategy and funding.

In addition, Government Offices deliver a wide range of Government policies and programmes on behalf of Whitehall departments, including my Department.