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I am amused that the hon. Gentleman thinks that billions of pounds is little money: it shows how the Opposition thought about taxpayers' money when they were in power. It is a large amount of money and it will make a significant difference. The answer-although I know this is a strange concept to Opposition Members-is something called democracy. It is called asking voters what they want and putting a local plan in place that reflects the local population's wishes, not what the Minister wants here in Whitehall, as happened under the old regional spatial strategies.
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