§ Mrs. Fenner
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, pending the deliberations of the Crowther Committee, he will make an early statement on the future of the nominated regional economic planning councils.
§ Mr. Peter Walker
The Government recognise the valuable work already done by the economic planning councils. In future the councils will collaborate with local planning authorities and central Government in work on regional strategies to provide a framework for transportation and land-use planning and will continue to advise on the regional implications of national policies and developments. These arrangements will be reviewed when the Report of the Crowther Commission is available.