§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) how the success of RDAs will be(a) evaluated and (b) monitored (i) in general, (ii) with reference to rural areas and (iii) with reference to the environment; and who will be responsible for evaluating and monitoring the programmes and strategies of RDAs; 
(2) if he will make it his policy to encourage RDAs to create strategies which relate specifically to rural areas. 
§ Mr. Caborn
We are currently considering what guidance to give to Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) about the preparation of their strategies. We are also considering what arrangements need to be put in place to monitor the work of RDAs.