Hon. Bernard Jenkin (Shadow Secretary of State for the Regions, Local and Devolved Government Affairs; North Essex, Conservative)
The phrase from the White Paper that the right hon. Gentleman cites is simply code for saying, "We cannot agree in the Government what the powers of these elected regional assemblies should be, and we are still arguing about it." Our point is that there is a split in the Government on regional assemblies, and there is now a split on whether the referendums should be held at all.