HC Deb 26 June 1969 vol 785 c1686
12. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Secretary of State for Economic Affairs how many members of the South-West Regional Council are normally resident in Dorset.

Mr. Urwin

Two, Sir.

Mr. Digby

In view of the finding of the Redcliffe-Maud Report, is it not obvious that Dorset looks very much more to the South-East and to the counties in this region than to the North? Is not the representation quite inadequate, and will his Department take a little more interest in Dorset?

Mr. Urwin

Members of economic planning councils are not chosen to represent areas or even county districts. They are chosen because of the benefits which they can bring through their experience to economic planning generally within the region. I do not think I can usefully add anything on the Redcliffe-Maud Report to what the Prime Minister said in his statement on 11th June.