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Minister for the East of England: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the (a) activities and (b) performance the Minister for the East of England since her appointment in June 2007 against the terms of reference for the post set out in the Governance of Britain Green Paper. (201015)

The Governance of Britain Green Paper states that regional Ministers are expected to provide a clear sense of strategic direction for their regions and ensure that central Government's policies take account of regional needs. This involves working closely with the relevant Government office; the Regional Development Agency; other Government agencies; local government; business, the third sector and other stakeholders. Based on these terms of reference the Minister for the East of England's most significant achievements include:

helping to take forward the restructuring of regional bodies outlined in the Sub National Review;

setting up and chairing the quarterly Regional Partnership Group;

advising the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on RDA board appointments;

attending quarterly meetings with BERR Ministers and RDA chairs to discuss regional issues and performance;

engaging with a wide range of cross government bodies and agencies on regional issues like: local area agreements; the growth agenda; water supply; coastal flooding and defences; skills; health; women's enterprise and preparations for the Olympics in the East of England;

attending a wide range of events, visits and meetings with regional bodies; partners and stakeholders with a six-month forward programme of regional visits planned with local authorities and regional partners who want the Minister for the East of England to help them to deliver key regional growth and regeneration projects; and

attending regular meetings with the eight other regional Ministers to discuss matters of mutual interest like policing; transport and the growth agenda and share best practice.

As the Governance of Britain Green Paper does not set out any executive powers for regional Ministers, the Minister for the East of England has not made any executive decisions since her appointment.