Regional Economic Development

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 13th February 2001.

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Photo of Mr Paul Tyler Mr Paul Tyler Liberal Democrat, North Cornwall 9:30 am, 13th February 2001

Perhaps I could add a point. In addition to being accountable only to central Government and not the local community, despite the presence of the chambers, are not all the RDAs experiencing the same crisis of confidence in their ability to represent not just business interests but regional interests? The Minister may be able to tell us whether the Government feel that RDAs are becoming more accountable throughout the country or whether the south-west is unique in that respect.