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Regional Government: Ministers

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 65W, on regional government: Ministers, what the (a) date and (b) purpose was of each visit listed. (197526)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Maidenhead (Mrs. May) on 11 March 2008, Official Report, column 236W. Providing further details of meetings would incur disproportionate costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria each regional Minister uses to decide whether to visit areas in their region. (196647)

In addition to the normal criteria applied to ministerial invitations, Regional Ministers also consider how each invitation relates to their role as outlined in the “Governance of Britain Green Paper” to be a visible presence in, and provide a clear strategic direction for, the region by:

representing their region’s interests in the formulation of central Government policy relevant to economic growth and sustainable development in areas that have not been devolved to the RDAs;

facilitating a joined up approach across government to enable the effective delivery of the single regional strategy; and

championing the region via high profile projects and high level events.