§ Mr. Waterson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he will(a) publish green and white papers on regional governance and (b) introduce referendums to allow the creation of directly-elected regional assemblies. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
We remain committed to move to directly-elected regional assemblies where there is support as demonstrated in referendums. As a first step, we would expect to undertake a public consultation exercise on the way forward.