My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Gillian Merron, has made the following Ministerial Statement.
The regional funding allocations (RFAs) process has, for the first time, given regions a say in decision-making about transport schemes that affect them at the regional and local levels. In July last year, the Government responded to the RFA advice submitted by regional bodies, welcoming the significant progress which each region had made. Following this, the Department for Transport launched a consultation inviting views on how the processes which were put in place to develop the transport aspects of the advice could be further improved. A summary of the responses to this consultation has been placed in the Libraries of the House and can also be found on the department's website at: www.dft.gov.uk.
The Government are considering the options for taking the RFA exercise forward as part of the wider sub-national review of economic development and regeneration, which will report to my right honourable friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007.