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Regional Development Agencies: Local Authorities

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities will be represented on the proposed leaders’ fora for scrutiny of regional development agencies. (202556)

On 31 March 2008, the Government published “Prosperous Places: Taking forward the Review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration”. This document states that the Government believe that local authorities should decide the most effective structure for a leaders’ forum and that it expects that this will differ between regions. However, each forum should be streamlined, manageable and representative of local government across the region. The consultation seeks views on this proposal and on whether the Government should take powers to intervene if local authorities were unable to reach consensus on a forum that met the criteria set out above or a forum failed to operate effectively.