§ Mr. Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what status regional chambers currently have within the acquis of the European Union; what personnel are currently responsible for their administration; and what information is collated centrally concerning their membership functions and activities. 
§ Mr. Caborn
Regional chambers have no formal status in relation to the European Union. However, they provide a mechanism through which regional partners can present a coherent regional view on European issues.
Regional chambers are voluntary partnerships, and personnel issues are matters for each chamber. However, I have placed details of the current chair and secretary of each chamber in the Library.
Regional chambers seeking designation under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 are required to provide the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions with a copy of their constitution and a list of members.