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Regional Planning and Development

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's timetable is for the implementation of conclusions arising from the consultation on the Sub-National Review. (252624)

Provisions to implement reforms relating to regional strategies, local authority economic assessments and sub-regional governance arrangements are included in the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

As the Government's response to the consultation stated, the Government have concluded that legislation is not needed to the deliver the spirit of the reforms relating to delegation of regional development agency functions to local authorities. Guidance on a new investment planning approach involving RDAs, local authorities and other delivery partners will be published in summer 2009.