Regional Government

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will set a date for the referendum on regional government in the north-west.

Photo of John Prescott John Prescott Deputy Prime Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Local Government and the Regions, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister intends to hold the referendums in the three northern regions in autumn 2004.

But before a date can be set:

The Boundary Committee must make its recommendations on restructuring local government in two-tier areas; and

Parliament must approve the Orders calling the referendums.

We expect to lay these in Summer.

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