§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the support he intends to give to town centre managers. 
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
Town centre management is a local activity, best carried out by local partnerships. I have, however, strongly supported town centre improvement and management through planning policy guidance note 6; through a good practice guide—"Vital and Viable Town Centres: Meeting the Challenge"; and through help for the Association of Town Centre Management in a number of its projects.