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Local Government: Economic Development and Regeneration

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 25 November 2008

My honourable friend the Minister for Local Government (John Healey) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs (Pat McFadden) and I are today publishing the Government’s response to the consultation paper Prosperous Places: Taking Forward the Review of Sub National Economic Development and Regeneration.

The consultation paper proposed action on a number of conclusions set out in the review of sub-national economic development and regeneration that I announced to the House on 17 July 2007.

The Government’s response today confirms plans for more effective economic decision-making and planning in England’s regions and localities. We believe that these reforms will put in place a legal and policy framework which will assist regions, sub-regions and local areas in responding to current economic difficulties, preparing for the upturn and strengthening jobs and business growth in all areas in the longer term.

The Government’s response is now available in the Libraries of both Houses and can also be accessed online at www.communities.gov.uk/publications/ citiesandregions/govresponseprosperousplaces.