§ 21. Mr. Fraser
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the cost to public funds of regional development agencies. 
§ Ms Armstrong
The eight RDAs in England have a total budget of £900 million for 1999–2000. This comprises grant-in-aid of £737 million and retention of receipts from programmes.
§ Ms Armstrong
Members are not appointed to represent a particular sector, but in a personal capacity. Members typically have experiences and skills across a range of sectors and interests. The table shows both the
Agency Members appointed primarily for rural expertise Other members with rural expertise One North East, Great North House, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ND Phillip Hughes Miles Middleton North West Development Agency, King's Court, Scotland Road, Warrington WAI 2FR John Dunning — Yorkshire Forward, Westgate House, 100 Wellington Street, Leeds LSI 4LT Pamela Warhurst Lord Haskins Michael Johnston Advantage West Midlands, 2 Priestley Wharf, Holt Street, Aston Science Park, Birmingham B7 4BZ Antony Harris — East Midlands Development Agency, Apex Court, City Link, Nottingham NG2 4LA Bob Middleton Jane Bradford Martin Doughty East of England Development Agency, Compass House, Chivers Way, Histon, Cambridge CB4 9ZR Marie Skinner Vincent Watts South West of England Development Agency, Sterling House, Dix's Field, Exeter EX1 1QA Jonathon Porritt Jeremy Pope South East of England Development Agency, SEEDA Headquarters, Cross Lanes, Guildford GU1 1YA Sarah Ward Allan Willett