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Regional Development Agencies

Volume 495: debated on Friday 3 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what regional strategies each regional development agency is participating in. (277675)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: Each regional development agency (except the London Development Agency—see table) participates in two statutory over-arching strategies: the regional economic strategy (RES) and the regional spatial strategy. The aim of the RES is to improve economic performance and enhance regional competitiveness, addressing market failures that prevent sustainable economic development, regeneration and business growth. It is drawn up and kept under review by the RDA.

The RSS (which incorporates a regional transport strategy) provides a spatial framework to inform the preparation of land-use programmes. It takes into account provision for new housing; priorities for the environment; transport, infrastructure, economic development, agriculture, minerals extraction and waste treatment and disposal.

RDAs may also lead the development of non-statutory strategies with regional partners. Examples of these are listed in the table.

Following the Government’s 2007 Sub-National Review of Economic Development and Regeneration, RDAs are working with local authorities to prepare development of integrated regional strategies, replacing the current regional economic strategy and regional spatial strategy. The Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Bill will enact this. The London Development Agency, working with the GLA, has its own arrangements in this matter.

The following table lists non-statutory strategies by region:


Regional strategies


Examples of external strategies that help deliver the RES are shown as follows. These are augmented by a series of tactical internal strategies and plans which relate to AWM’s main areas of responsibility.

Regional Marketing Strategic Framework

International Business Action Plan

Skills Action Plan

West Midlands Manufacturing Support Strategy

Regional Visitor Economy Strategy


Regional Business Support Strategy

Regional Women’s Enterprise Strategy

Regional Higher-level Skills Strategy

Regional Strategic Framework for Manufacturing 2007-12

Regional Adult Skills and Employment Strategy

Regional Social Strategy


Underpinning the RES and RSS are a number of sector based strategies and action plans that contain the activities required to implement the vision and aims of the two statutory strategies:

East Midlands Innovation Strategy and Action Plan 2007-11

East Midlands Business Support Strategy 2008-11

East Midlands Tourism Strategy 2003-10

Employment Skills and Productivity Partnership Action Plan

Regional Energy Strategy

Regional Transport Strategy


As part of London’s unique governance arrangements, the Mayor of London produces a number of statutory and non statutory strategies, including the London Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy. As a functional body of the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency is involved to varying degrees in the development and delivery of the majority of these strategies.


NW Regional Housing Strategy


ONE and the region’s local authorities have developed action plans to take forward the delivery of the RES and the Regional Spatial Strategy. ONE has worked with partners to develop the following:

Regional Employment and Skills Strategy

Regional Enterprise Strategy

Regional Innovation Strategy

Regional International Trade Strategy

Regional Digital Strategy

Regional Housing Strategy

North East Environment Strategy

North East Tourism Strategy

Additionally, ONE has developed ‘mini’ strategies in relation to low carbon vehicles, off-shore wind power and printable plastic technologies in response to the Government’s New Industry, New Jobs agenda.


Partner organisation sector based strategies which SEEDA participates in include two South East NHS Trust strategies for action on health, to achieve a healthy work force best placed to deliver smart growth.


Regional Skills Strategy

Regional Enterprise Strategy

Regional Innovation Strategy

South West International Trade Strategy


In addition to delivering the Regional Economic Strategy and the Integrated Regional Strategy that will replace it, Yorkshire Forward works with partners to join up other strategies to the RES in the interests of integration and effectiveness. These are listed as follows:

Regional Innovation Strategy

Regional Visitor Economy Strategy

Regional Housing Strategy

Regional Cultural Strategy

Regional Major Events Strategy

Yorkshire Gold Strategy (relating to the 2012 Olympics)

Regional Forestry Strategy