Regional Planning and Development: East of England

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of Andrew MacKinlay Andrew MacKinlay Labour, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason hon. Members for constituencies in the East of England were not informed of the (a) launch and (b) publication of the East of England plan until the morning of publication; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

A revision to a regional spatial strategy should be published through the laying of a ministerial statement in the House. This publication statement was laid in the House at 9:30am on Monday 12 May and an event to launch the East of England plan was held in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, at noon on Monday 12 May. However, I understand that hon. Members in the East of England are very interested in how their constituencies are affected by the policies in the plan.

With that in mind, the Government Office for the East of England (GO-East) made every effort to ensure that hon. Members were invited to attend the event on Monday 12 May. GO-East officials first telephoned the offices of all hon. Members for the East of England on Friday 9 May to invite members to hear "a regionally significant announcement on planning in the East of England". This was followed with an email to those offices which were not contactable by telephone.

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