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Eco-Towns Challenge Panel

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the role and purpose of the Eco-Towns Challenge Panel is; whether it will provide advice on which eco-towns proposed should be submitted for planning approval; and if she will make a statement; (205009)

(2) how the members of the Eco-Towns Challenge panel were selected; what the basis was of the establishment of the panel; how much it is estimated to cost each year; and what remuneration is paid to its members.

The Eco-Towns Challenge was set up specifically to be a short-term independent panel that would work with bidders to improve their schemes during the first stage of the process for taking eco-towns forward (as set out in ‘Eco-towns—Living a greener future’).

Members of the panel were selected for their expertise in matters of environment, sustainability, transport and design. Each member will be paid the Government rate of £350 per day when they are working for the panel. At present three panel meetings have been scheduled in May and June, but we anticipate a further round of meetings.