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Observatories

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) name and (b) address of each regional observatory is; and whether these bodies are classified as public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. (246042)

I have been asked to reply.

The name and address of each regional observatory; and whether these bodies are classified as public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act 2000) is set out as follows:

Observatory

Region

Name

Address

Whether classified as public authorities for the purposes of the FOI Act 2000

East of England

The East of England Observatory

The Business Centre, Station Road, Histon, CB4 9LQ

The East of England Observatory is part of the East of England Regional Development Agency, which is a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act.

East Midlands

Intelligence East Midlands

Regeneration East Midlands, Unit 8, Provident Works, Newdigate Street, Nottingham, NG7 4FD

Intelligence East Midlands is part of Regeneration East Midlands, which is the regional centre of excellence for sustainable communities in the East Midlands. Regeneration East Midlands is a Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered Charity and does not have public authority status for the purposes of the FOI Act.

London

There is no formally constituted Greater London Regional Observatory. However, various organisations combine to fulfil similar functions. Discussions are under way which will seek to establish a single website linking appropriate material, and may in addition result in the establishment of a formal Regional Observatory.

North East

North East Regional Information Partnership (NERIP)

Stella House, Goldcrest Way, Newburn Riverside, NE15 8NY

NERIP is part of One North East Regional Development Agency, which is a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act.

North West

North West Regional Intelligence Unit

North West Development Agency, Renaissance House, PO Box 37, Centre Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1XB

North West Regional Intelligence Unit is part of the North West Regional Development Agency, which is a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act.

South East

South East England Intelligence Network (SEE-IN)

Berkeley House, Cross Lanes, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1YA

SEE-IN is part of South East of England Regional Development Agency, which is a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act.

South West

South West Regional Observatory—Core Unit

East Reach House, East Reach, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3EN

The Observatory is not classified as a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act.

West Midlands

West Midlands Regional Observatory

West Midlands Regional Observatory, Level L1, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG

The West Midlands Regional Observatory is part of the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands, and is a public authority for FOI purposes.

Yorkshire and Humber

Yorkshire Futures

2 Victoria Place, Leeds, LS11 5AE

Yorkshire Futures is a part of Yorkshire Forward, which is a public authority for the purposes of the FOI Act.